(USA TODAY) — There’s previous, then there’s Big Bang previous.

Using one of many world’s strongest telescopes, scientists Monday introduced the invention of a distant galaxy that’s about 12.eight billion years previous.

It’s “only” about 1 billion years youthful than the Big Bang, making it the second-oldest celestial object ever found.

“This new object is very close to being one of the first galaxies ever to form,” mentioned astrophysicist Min Yun of the University of Mbadachusetts at Amherst, who was a co-author of a brand new examine printed Monday in Nature Astronomy, a peer-reviewed British journal.

At current there is just one different, barely older and extra distant object like this that’s recognized, the examine mentioned.

“The Big Bang happened 13.7 billion years ago, and now we are seeing this galaxy from 12.8 billion years ago, so it was forming within the first billion years after the Big Bang,” Yun mentioned in an announcement.

“Seeing an object within the first billion years is remarkable because the universe was too hot and too uniform to form anything for the first 400 million years,” he mentioned. “So our best guess is that the first stars and galaxies and black holes all formed within the first half a billion to 1 billion years.”

The galaxy, named G09 83808, was noticed with the highly effective Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), which is positioned in Mexico and described as a high-precision time machine that may see photographs of galaxies born billions of years in the past. It gives perception into the delivery and evolution of the universe, based on UMbad.

The galaxy can also be the oldest object ever detected by the LMT, which is operated collectively by UMbad and Mexico’s National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics.

“This result is not a surprise, because this is what the LMT was built to do, but we are very excited,” Yun mentioned.

With the telescope coming totally on-line within the subsequent few months, Yun mentioned its increased decision and sensitivity imply “we can find really, really faint things. They are essentially at the very edge of the universe.”

Meanwhile, in different information from the early universe, a separate examine lately recognized the oldest spiral galaxy (like our Milky Way) ever found. This galaxy, often called A1689B11, existed 11 billion years previously, simply 2.6 billion years after the Big Bang.

“Spiral galaxies are exceptionally uncommon within the early universe, and this discovery opens the door to investigating how galaxies transition from extremely chaotic, turbulent discs to tranquil, skinny discs like these of our personal Milky Way galaxy,” mentioned examine co-author Renyue Cen of Princeton University.

The galaxy was noticed from a telescope in Hawaii. That examine has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.

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