Peekaboo! Strange tiny galaxy provides a glimpse into the universe’s early history

Astronomers have discovered that a strange dwarf galaxy hidden for years in our cosmic neighborhood looks like it belongs in the early universe, despite having formed more recently.

The tiny galaxy measuring just 1,200 light-years across earned the nickname ‘Peekaboo’ because it was hidden in the bright glare of a fast-moving foreground star and only emerged between 50 and 100 years ago.

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