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Star explosion is most distant space object seen

Light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago has been detected, becoming the most distant object in the universe ever observed.Full story

First black holes starved at birth The first black holes in the universe were born starving. A new study found that the earliest black holes lacked nearby matter to gobble up, and so lay relatively stagnant in pockets of emptiness. Full story

Spacecraft is coldest object out in space

The coldest known object out in space isn't a frozen comet or some distant, chilly gas cloud. It's a spacecraft: the Planck probe, designed to study the faint afterglow of the big bang. Full story

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A map of the early universe made from WMAP data
A map of the early universe made from WMAP data

Radiant heat unleashed about 380,000 years after the big bang, the theoretical beginning of the universe, is known as the cosmic microwave background radiation. A NASA spacecraft launched in 1992 detected minute variations in this heat. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, launched in 2001, has