Cosmic distance record “broken”

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May 25, 2011
BBC News [UK]    
Posted in News, PND News

"A cataclysmic explosion of a huge star near the edge of the observable Universe may be the most distant single object yet spied by a telescope. Scientists believe the blast, which was detected by Nasa's Swift space observatory, occurred a mere 520 million years after the Big Bang. This means its light has taken a staggering 13.14 billion years to reach Earth. Details of the discovery will appear shortly in the Astrophysical Journal. The event, which was picked up by Swift in April 2009, is referred to by astronomers using the designation GRB 090429B." (05/25/11)  


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