Farthest Object in Universe
Name: Kelly B.
What is the farthest object from the earth that
has ever been detected? What is that distance of that object?
The farthest object I have seen through my telescope is the double
quasar Q0957+56 in Ursa Major. It is about 8.5 billion light years
and is visible to us because it is gravitationally lensed by an
I believe the farthest galaxy was imaged by Richard Ellis, and it is
about half a billion years younger than the big bang. If the big
bang was 13.7 billion years ago, then the Ellis find is about 13
billion years. But that is somewhat uncertain.
David H. Levy
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