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Dark Galaxies of the Early Universe Spotted for the First Time

11 Jul 2012, 10:00 UTC
Dark Galaxies of the Early Universe Spotted for the First Time

For the first time, dark galaxies — an early phase of galaxy formation, predicted by theory but unobserved until now — may have been spotted. These objects are essentially gas-rich galaxies without stars. Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, an international team thinks they have detected these elusive objects by observing them glowing as they are illuminated by a quasar.

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