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First Ever Large Survey of Distant Galaxies Yields Surprises for Astrophysicists

4 Nov 2020, 12:35 UTC
First Ever Large Survey of Distant Galaxies Yields Surprises for Astrophysicists B. Saxton NRAO/AUI/NSF, ESO, NASA/STScI; NAOJ/Subaru

When the Universe was only a tenth of its current age its galaxies experienced a growth spurt. It was this period that the scientists in the ALPINE (ALMA Large Program to INvestigate C+ at Early times) project focused on when they used ESO’s ALMA telescope to carry out the first ever large survey of distant galaxies. To their surprise, these galaxies observed in the early stages of their life were far more mature than expected.

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