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Telescope finds most distant galaxy yet

A telescope on a Hawaiian mountaintop has glimpsed the most distant object ever seen, an infant galaxy 12.3-billion light-years from Earth, scientists reported Friday.

The vast distance means the light just now reaching astronomers on Earth began its journey from the faraway galaxy when it was less than 800-million years old, and may give clues to the early days of the universe.

A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6-trillion miles.

Astronomers from the University of Hawaii and Cambridge University in England used one of the two massive Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii to search for faint traces of light from distant objects.

Their new galaxy breaks a record for distance set just six weeks earlier by another team of scientists, according to Science News, which published the latest discovery.