ESO PR Photo 29a/05 - New Population of Distant Galaxies. Colour-composite image of a portion of the sky surveyed, identifying some of the newly found very distant galaxies. (credit: LAM-OAMP/CFHT/ESO)
Large Population of Galaxies Found in the Young Universe with ESO’s VLT
The Universe was a more fertile place soon after it was formed than has previously been suspected. A team of French and Italian astronomers  made indeed the surprising discovery of a large and unknown population of distant galaxies observed when the Universe was only 10 to 30% its present age.
This breakthrough is based on observations made with the Visible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS) as part of the VIMOS VLT Deep Survey (VVDS). The VVDS started early 2002 on Melipal, one of the 8.2-m telescopes of ESO’s Very Large Telescope Array .
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