James Webb: How the Space Telescope Discovered the Galaxy Closest to the Origin of the Universe

image source, NASA/ESA/CSA/STSCI/BRANT Robertson et al

title, A distant galaxy (circled) is seen next to the other, but further away.

  • author, Jonathan Amos
  • stock, Science Correspondent, BBC

The James Webb Space Telescope broke its own record by discovering the most distant galaxy ever known.

Called JADES-GS-z14-0, the star cluster was observed 290 million years after the Big Bang.

In other words, if the universe is 13 billion years old, we are observing the galaxy when the universe was only 2% of its current age.

Webb used his 6.5-meter primary mirror and sensitive infrared instruments to make the discovery.

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