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Scientists confirm most distant galaxy ever
(CNN) -- Scientists say they've found a galaxy that's not just far, far, away -- it's the most distant from our own that's been discovered yet. And it's helping them gain insight about the universe as it existed a long time ago.
Astronomers say the galaxy, called z8_GND_5296, is the most remote one they can confirm with spectroscopy, a technique that looks for the chemical signatures of elements.
In this case, that element was hydrogen, the main fuel of stars. Researchers reported their findings in the journal Nature.
z8_GND_5296 -- no, that's not a typo, or a spam username -- is a window into the past. Because of its distance, it shows what things would have been like 700 million years after the Big Bang.
The universe is 13.8 billion years old, so 700 million years after the start is actually quite early by comparison.