Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes
have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known
is churning out stars at a shockingly high rate. The
blob-shaped galaxy, called GN-108036, is the brightest
galaxy found to date at such great distances.
Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back
in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an
extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are
brimming with star formation. The galaxies are typically a
hundred times less massive than the Milky Way galaxy, yet
they churn out stars at such a furious pace that their
stellar content would double in just 10 million years. By
comparison, the Milky Way would take a thousand times longer
to double its population.