Release Images

Release No.: 2011-33
For Release: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 4:00am

Strange New "Species" of Ultra-Red Galaxy Discovered

red galaxies

This artist's conception portrays four extremely red galaxies that lie almost 13 billion light-years from Earth. Discovered using the Spitzer Space Telescope, these galaxies appear to be physically associated and may be interacting. One galaxy shows signs of an active galactic nucleus, shown here as twin jets streaming out from a central black hole.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)