Mexico, December 24 (Notimex). – A group of astronomers discovered one of the only three known fossil clouds in the universe, which will provide new data for the formation of the first galaxies.
The cloud of orphan gas that formed after the Big Bang was discovered in the distant universe by the optical telescope of the WM Keck Observatory in Maunakea, Hawaii.
The discovery of the galactic fossil was carried out by PhD student Fred Robert and Professor Michael Murphy in the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
"Everywhere we look, the gas in the universe is polluted by the waste of heavy elements from exploding stars," Robert said.
However, this particular cloud seems to be spotless, not polluted by stars, not even 1,500 million years after the Big Bang.
"The most convincing explanation is that it is a true relic of the Big Bang," he said.
According to the WM Keck Observatory, other two known fossil cl Ouds were discovered in 2011, but today it is possible to study these fossil relics, said Michael Murphy.
"This will tell us exactly how rare they are, and will help us to understand how some stars and galaxies initially formed gas universe and why some do not," he said.
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