Texas Monthly puts discovery of most distant galaxy on top-5 list for 2013

Two observatories on a mountaintop

Texas Monthly published a year-end list under the headline “5 of the Most Interesting Scientific Discoveries Coming Out of Texas in 2013,” and included a joint project between Texas A&M University and its traditional rival, The University of Texas:

Despite the ugly 2011 football conference breakup, the bond between UT and A&M is written in the stars. Researchers at both top-tier research universities discovered the most distant galaxy in the universe, affectionately titled z8_GND_5296.

The joint study, published in Nature in October, stated that the cluster of stars and dust is thirty billion light years from Earth and scientists observed it as it appeared 700 million years after the dawn of the universe, distinguishing it as the most senior galaxy recorded to date.

The list also salutes former Texas A&M researcher William Sager, who led a University of Houston team that found the world’s largest volcano on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The team named the volcano: Tamu Massif.

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