News Article - 10/18/2012 - 10:17am

For the first time a distant spiral galaxy is being observed as it existed roughly three billion years after the Big Bang. "As you go back in time to the early universe, galaxies look really strange, clumpy and irregular, not symmetric," said Alice Shapley, a UCLA associate professor of physics and astronomy, and co-author of the study. "The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks. Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?"