Photo: Early Universe's First Stars Spied in Distant Galaxies



A technique known as gravitational lensing allows astronomers to peer into the early universe by looking at how light from distant galaxies is bent by the gravitational fields of nearer galaxies.

Now scientists say they have used this method to spot the most distant galaxies yet—including light from what could be the very first stars in the universe.

Image courtesy Kneib & Ellis/Caltech


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