APEX snaps close-up of star factories in distant universe

16:19, March 25, 2010      

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Newly-discovered galaxy SMM J2135-0102 (Photo: Chinanews.com.cn)

ESO lately released a photo of the newly-discovered galaxy SMM J2135-0102, which was found when astronomers were observing a massive galaxy cluster with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope.

The galaxy is so distant that we see it as it was 10 billion years ago, and it is the brightest very distant galaxy ever seen at submillimetre wavelengths. Astronomers estimate that SMM J2135-0102 is producing stars at a rate that is equivalent to about 250 suns per year.

Source: Xinhua
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