Some galaxies in the early universe grew up quickly

Some galaxies grew up in a hurry. Most of the galaxies that have been observed from the early days of the universe were young and actively forming stars.

Early universe "warmed up" later than previously believed

A new study from Tel Aviv University reveals that black holes, formed from the first stars in our universe, heated the gas throughout space later than previously thought. They also imprinted a clear signature in radio waves which astronomers can now search for. The work is a major new finding about the origins of the universe.

Herschel helps find elusive signals from the early Universe

Using a telescope in Antarctica and ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the relic radiation from the Big Bang, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the Universe’s existence.

BOSS survey probes early universe

Scientists using BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, have used a new mapping technique to probe the period before dark energy began to speed up the expansion of the universe.

Furthest-ever galaxy casts light on universe's early days

Astronomers have discovered their most distant - and therefore oldest - galaxy yet, using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes as well as gravitational lensing.

Black holes have existed since the dawn of time

In an X-ray image looking further into the past than ever before, NASA astronomers have discovered that massive black holes were common in the early universe and grew much more aggressively than previously thought.

Team creates largest-ever 3D map of early universe

Scientists have created the biggest ever 3D map of the distant universe, using the light from 14,000 supermassive black holes, or quasars, at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away.

Universe's first stars spun at 1m mph

The first stars in the universe may have spun at over a million miles per hour, astronomers at the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) and the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) say.

First Planck images reveal Universe's earliest light

The Planck telescope team has released its first full-sky picture - the clearest yet taken, showing the glow of the first light in the universe.