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Baby Galaxy Core
June 15, 2011
 

Artist impression of a very young galaxy located in the early universe less than one billion years after the Big Bang

This artist's impression shows a very young galaxy located in the early Universe less than one billion years after the Big Bang. The distorted appearance of the galaxy is caused by the large number of mergers occurring at this early epoch, and the blue regions mark where star formation is occurring at a high rate. The core of the galaxy is embedded within heavy veils of dust and gas. A cut-out from the core shows that this dust and gas is hiding very bright radiation from the very center of the galaxy, produced by a rapidly growing supermassive black hole.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

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