Astronomers have spotted galaxy MACS0647-JD, which they consider to be the farthest object ever seen in the universe -- around 13.3 billion light-years away. The galaxy was seen using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes as well as with the help of a large group of galaxies called a cosmic zoom lens, which creates a gravitational lens and magnifies the light traveling from MACS0647-JD to Earth. "This object may be one of many building blocks of a galaxy," said study leader Dan Coe of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "Over the next 13 billion years, it may have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of merging events with other galaxies and galaxy fragments."
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