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Every bright spot in this new image is a distant galaxy

What is this?: Astronomers just made the first radio observations of some of the most distant galaxies in the universe. The new findings were used to create this stunning new image of the night sky.

How they did it: The image was created using the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory‚Äôs MeerKAT telescope, a radio telescope comprising 64 dishes in the Northern Cape of South Africa. 

What can I see?: The researchers used MeerKAT to observe a region of the southern sky for a total of 130 hours. In the new image, each of the thousands of bright lights represents a galaxy. The fainter dots are distant galaxies similar to the Milky Way. This is the first time we've seen many of these galaxies, some of which are billions of light-years away. Read the full story.

Posted Friday, December 20, 2019