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IU Astronomer's Discovery Poses Challenge to Galaxy Formation Theories


April 10, 2009

galaxy A team led by an Indiana University astronomer has found a sample of massive galaxies with properties that suggest that they may have formed relatively recently. This theory would question the widely held belief that massive, luminous galaxies (like our own Milky Way galaxy) began their formation and evolution shortly after the big bang, some 13 billion years ago. Image credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker and NOAO/AURA/NSF Full Story

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