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Astronomers Find Farthest Known Object
April 28, 2009
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, along with colleagues elsewhere in the United States and the United Kingdom, have discovered the most distant object in the universe--a spectacular stellar explosion known as a gamma-ray burst located about 13 billion light years away. The record-breaking explosion occurred when the universe was only 630 million years old, a mere one-twentieth of its current age.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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