Ancient 'Monster' Galaxy

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Ancient 'Monster' Galaxy

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There's a monster out there. It's far away, buried deep in the past. But scientists can see it. And thanks to a new international imaging project, they've begun to understand it, too.

The monster is a galaxy that formed in the first billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers call galaxies like this "monsters" thanks to their large size and blistering star-formation rates — features that have gone unexplained since they were discovered a decade ago, the researchers behind the project wrote.

What's more, the best theories available to astrophysicists suggest that this sort of galaxy shouldn't exist. Indeed, these monsters grew much larger and created way more stars than models of the early universe suggest is possible.

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