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The Earliest Example of Merging Galaxies Ever Found

The pair of merging galaxies in question is called B14-65666, an unwieldy name, but scientifically useful. “With rich data from ALMA and HST, combined with advanced data analysis, we could put the pieces together to show that B14-65666 is a pair of merging galaxies in the earliest era of the Universe,” explains Hashimoto in a press release. ” According to the study, the object is now the earliest-known example of a galaxy merger. This means that the object is in the earliest stages of its evolution. The authors of that paper argued that those stars are from a small galaxy that was roughly the size of the Small Magellanic Cloud.

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