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Spying one of the youngest galaxies in the Universe

The first analysis of the observations of the Abell 2744 cluster of galaxies have been completed as part of a coordinated program of the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. An inmmediate result of this study is the discovery of one of the most distant galaxies known to date, which clearly shows the potential of the HST Frontier Fields project [To be published in the scientific journal Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters]. This project is led by by an international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Further information, video and image in IAC press release (English) | (Spanish)

Deep image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI); Nicolas Laporte et al. (IAC)Deep image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxies in the Universe. Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI); Nicolas Laporte et al. (IAC)