starburst-galaxy-hfls3-lgStar factory in the early Universe challenges galaxy evolution theory
London UK (SPX) Apr 22, 2013 – A team including Mat Page (UCL Space and Climate Physics) has discovered an extremely distant galaxy making stars more than 2000 times faster than our own Milky Way. Seen at a time when the Universe was less than a billion years old, its mere existence challenges our theories of galaxy evolution. The observations were carried out using the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory. … more

Early Galaxies Were Ahead Of Their Time
London, UK (SPX) Apr 22, 2013 – Astronomers using Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory have discovered a distant galaxy that challenges the current theories of galaxy evolution. Seen when the universe was less than a billion years old, it is forming stars at a much faster rate than should be possible according to existing predictions. This particular galaxy, known only as “HFLS3,” is so distant that the light we see has t … more