Japanese Team Spots 'Oldest Galaxy'
Astronomers believe galaxy is nearly 13 billion years old
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Jun 13, 2012 5:37 AM CDT
The oldest galaxy in this Hubble photo is a 600-million-year-old whippersnapper.   (AP Photo/NASA, European Space Agency)

(Newser) – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, light was apparently emitted that has now been detected by Japanese astronomers using telescopes at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano. The team says the galaxy is 12.91 billion light years away and is the oldest one ever detected, having formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang. Other teams have reported spotting even older galaxies, but the Japanese claim is more "watertight," a California Institute of Technology expert in cosmology and galaxy formation tells the AP. "It's the most distant bullet-proof one that everybody believes."

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Jun 13, 2012 2:41 PM CDT
Can any one tell me about the ancient Sumerians, they wrote about the twelve planets. They say we have a planet that circles the sun every 3600 years in our solar system, it is called [ Nibiru . ]
Jun 13, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
That means they have directly seen light coming from stars that are three times as old as our sun. We're the new kids on the block.
Jun 13, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
Non-political, non-religious post. Just so there is one.