A possible galaxy that exists some 13.5 billion light-years from Earth has broken the record for farthest astronomical object ever seen. 

That age places this collection of stars, now dubbed HD1, between a time of total darkness — about 14 billion years ago the universe was a blank slate devoid of any stars or galaxies — and one of just-burgeoning lights as clumps of dust and gas were growing into their cosmic destinies.


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