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The James Webb Telescope Just Discovered The Oldest Galaxy In The Universe

Reisha Shetty
Junior Digital Writer

Ever since the James Webb Telescope released its first set of pictures on July 12, it has introduced the world to some major discoveries. The telescope has now uncovered a 13.5 billion-year-old galaxy which is said to be the oldest in the universe that has ever been discovered by mankind.

The Galaxy, GLASS-z13 (GN-z13) was supposedly formed around 300 million years after the Big Bang, which took place 13.8 billion years ago. The image was captured with JWST’s Near Infrared Camera instrument which can detect light from the earliest galaxies and stars.

Previously, the record was held by GN-z11, which was discovered by the Hubble Telescope in 2015. It was said to date back to 400 million years after the universe was created. GN-z11 is around 2,300 light years away while GN-z13 is about 1,600 light years across.

NASA also shared the first images of Jupiter and its moons, Thebe, Europa, and Metis, which were taken by the James Webb Telescope.