IAC astrophysicists discover a 'relic' galaxy frozen in time

The galaxy NGC 1277 in the Perseus cluster. Copyright: Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
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The nearby galaxy NGC 1277 was formed at an early epoch of the cosmos and has remainedunchanged since then, thus making it a unique window on to the early Universe.

Astronomers have found that the rate of star formation in massive galaxies at that remote epoch was much higher than expected with a thousand times more stars being generated than at present in the Milky Way.

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