In a landmark achievement in Space missions, Indian Astronomers discovered one of the farthest Star galaxies in the universe.
India’s first Multi-Wavelength Space Observatory “AstroSat” detected extreme UV light from a galaxy located 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth. A team of Astronomers led by Dr Kanak Saha from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune, discovered the galaxy called AUDFs01.
The discovery was reported in “Nature Astronomy”. India’s AstroSat/UVIT was able to achieve this unique feat because the background noise in the UVIT detector is much less than one on the Hubble Space Telescope of US based NASA, an official release said.
According to Professor ShyamTandon, the excellent spatial resolution and high sensitivity is a tribute to the hard work of the UVIT core team of scientists for over a decade.
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics director Dr Somak Ray Chaudhury said that the discovery was a very important clue to how the dark ages of the Universe ended and there was light in the Universe. “We need to know when this started, but it has been very hard to find the earliest sources of light,” he said.
India’s first Space Observatory AstroSat was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 28, 2015.