India’s first multi-wavelength satellite detects UV light from a galaxy 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth

In a technological development, India’s first multi-wavelength satellite, AstroSat, has detected an extreme ultraviolet (UV) light from a galaxy that is 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth, confirmed the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) on August 24.

Calling it a major breakthrough by IUCAA scientists, the Pune-based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, in a release said, “India’s first multi-wavelength satellite, which has five unique X-ray and ultraviolet telescopes working in tandem, AstroSat, has detected extreme-UV light from a galaxy, called AUDFs01, 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth.”

A global team that made the discovery was led by Dr. Kanak Saha, associate professor of astronomy at the IUCAA, included scientists from India, France, Switzerland, the USA, Japan and The Netherlands. The team, through AstroSat, observed the galaxy, which is located in the Hubble Extreme Deep field.

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