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NASA spots glow of universe's first objects

June 10, 2012 1 comments 6 shares 10 plus ones
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NASA believes it's spotted the dappled light of the first objects in the universe with the best precision yet.

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have observed a 'lumpy' infrared glow that could be coming from wildly massive stars or voracious black holes.

The observations help confirm that te very early universe held a large number of furiously burning objects.

"These objects would have been tremendously bright," says Alexander Kashlinsky of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"We can't yet directly rule out mysterious sources for this light that could be coming from our nearby universe, but it is now becoming increasingly likely that we are catching a glimpse of an ancient epoch. Spitzer is laying down a roadmap for NASA's upcoming James Webb Telescope, which will tell us exactly what and where these first objects were."

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Peter Lindelauf June 20, 2012

Amazing how much farther (or is it older?) we've seen into space in our lifetimes.