Jul 14, 2008

The Baby Boom Galaxy

By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope and some other telescopes, a group of astronomers has spotted a distant galaxy that is pumping out stars at a rate of up to 4,000 per year. So, this galaxy is a "Star Factory" and the astronomers have nicknamed it as the "Baby Boom Galaxy".

Peter Capak of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues said that the galaxy is 12.3 billion light-years away and belongs to a group of galaxies called Starburst Galaxies. It has been pumping out stars since the universe was 1.3 billion years old.


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