Astronomers spot most distant galaxy yet at 13.5 billion light-years away

Researchers have spotted what might be the farthest astronomical object ever found — a galaxy candidate named HD1 that they estimate is 13.5 billion light-years away. That’s an astonishing 100 million light-years more distant than the current farthest galaxy, GN-z11

HD1 is particularly bright in ultraviolet light, indicating highly energetic activity in the galaxy. As such, scientists originally theorized it might be a starburst galaxy, or one that produces stars at a relatively high rate. But upon closer inspection, astronomers discovered that the galaxy candidate was producing more than 100 stars annually — a rate 10 times higher than typical starburst galaxies.

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