Indian astronomers discover farthest star in galaxy
A group of Indian Astronomers have discovered one of the farthest star galaxies in the Universe which is estimated to be located 9.3 billion light years away from Earth.
The discovery is being considered as a landmark achievement in the country’s first Multi-Wavelength Space Observatory AstroSat.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulated Indian astronomers on the discovery. NASA hailed the discovery as an effort that will further enable humankind’s understanding.
Union Minister of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh shared, “The galaxy called AUDFs01 was discovered by a team of Astronomers led by Dr Kanak Saha from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics(IUCAA) Pune.”
The importance and uniqueness of this original discovery can be made out from the fact that it has been reported in the international journal “Nature Astronomy” published from Britain.
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.
India’s first Space Observatory AstroSat, which has made this discovery, was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 28, 2015.
All of ISRO’s equipment have the three horizontal lines of ‘Vibhuti’ and ‘Kumkum’, similar to the one seen on Lord Shiva’s forehead.