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26th August, 2020 Science and Technology

Context: A Global team of scientists has discovered one of the earliest galaxies using India’s AstroSat.


  • A global team led by scientists of the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) has discovered one of the earliest galaxies in extreme ultraviolet light.
  • AstroSat, India’s first multi-wavelength satellite that has five unique X-ray and ultraviolet telescopes working in tandem, has detected extreme UV light from a galaxy called AUDFs01, 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth.

Important Info:

  • Astrosat, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space telescope, was launched by ISRO on a PSLV-XL in 2015.
  • The scientific payload contains six instruments.
  1. The Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT)
  2. The Soft X-ray imaging Telescope (SXT)
  3. The LAXPC Instrument
  4. The Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI)
  5. The Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM)
  6. The Charged Particle Monitor (CPM)

Reference:  https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/global-team-led-by-iucaa-scientists-marks-a-major-breakthrough-6568281/