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Scientists Get Best Measure of Star-Forming Material in Galaxy Clusters in Early Universe

26 Jul 2017, 20:54 UTC
Scientists Get Best Measure of Star-Forming Material in Galaxy Clusters in Early Universe Hubble Legacy Archive, European Space Agency, NASA, Bill Snyder

The international Spitzer Adaptation of the Red-sequence Cluster Survey (SpARCS) collaboration based at the University of California, Riverside has combined observations from several of the world’s most powerful telescopes, including W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii, to carry out one of the largest studies yet of molecular gas – the raw material which fuels star formation throughout the universe – in three of the most distant clusters of galaxies ever found, detected as they appeared when the universe was only four billion years old. Allison Noble, a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led this newest research from the SpARCS collaboration.

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