List of the most distant astronomical objects
This article documents the farthest known astronomical objects, and the time periods in which they were so classified.
Apart from relatively nearby galaxies, beyond the Milky Way distances to remote objects are nearly always inferred by measuring the cosmological redshift of their light. By their nature, very distant objects tend to be very faint, and these distance determinations are difficult and subject to errors. An important distinction is whether the distance is determined via spectroscopy or using a photometric redshift technique. The former is generally both more precise and also more reliable, in the sense that photometric redshifts are more prone to being wrong due to confusion with by lower redshift sources that have unusual spectra. For that reason, a spectroscopic redshift is conventionally regarded as being necessary for an object's distance to be considered definitely known, whereas photometrically determined redshifts identify "candidate" very distant sources. Here, this distinction is indicated by a "p" subscript for photometric redshifts.
1 Gly = 1 billion light-years.
|Light travel distance§
|GRB 090423||z=8.2||13.035||Gamma-ray burst|||
|z8 GND 5296||z=7.51||13.02||Galaxy||Confirmed galaxy|
|LAE J095950.99+021219.1||z=6.944||Galaxy||Lyman-alpha emitter — Faint galaxy|
|Light travel distance§
|UDFj-39546284||zp≅11.9?||13.37||Protogalaxy||This is a candidate protogalaxy, although recent analyses have suggested it is likely to be a lower redshift source.|
|MACS0647-JD||zp≅10.8||13.3||Galaxy||Candidate most distant galaxy, which benefits by being magnified by the gravitational lensing effect of an intervening cluster of galaxies.|
|A2744-JD||zp≅9.8||13.2||Galaxy||Galaxy is being magnified and lensed into three multiple images, geometrically supporting its redshift. Faintest known galaxy at z~10.|
|MACS J1149-JD||zp≅9.6||13.2||Candidate galaxy or protogalaxy|||
|GRB 090429B||zp≅9.4||13.14||Gamma-ray burst|| The photometric redshift in this instance has quite large uncertainty, with the lower limit for the redshift being z>7.|
|UDFy-33436598||zp≅8.6||Candidate galaxy or protogalaxy|||
|UDFy-38135539||zp≅8.5||Candidate galaxy or protogalaxy||A spectroscopic redshift of z=8.55 was claimed for this source in 2010, but has subsequently been shown to be mistaken.|
|BoRG-58||zp≅8||Cluster or protocluster||Protocluster candidate|
|A1689-zD1||zp≅7.6||13||Galaxy or protogalaxy||Galaxy|
List of most distant objects by type
|Any astronomical object, no matter what type||GRB 090423||z=8.2|| Note, the galaxy UDFj-39546284 has previously been claimed to have a photometric redshift zp≅11.9, but more recent analyses have suggested it is likely to be a lower redshift source.|
|Galaxy or protogalaxy||z8 GND 5296||z=7.51||See above note regarding UDFj-39546284
See also: List of galaxies
|Galaxy cluster||CL J1449+0856
See also: List of galaxy clusters
See also: List of superclusters
See also: List of quasars
|Black hole||ULAS J1120+0641||z=7.085|||
|Star or protostar or post-stellar corpse
(detected by an event)
|Progenitor of GRB 090423||z=8.2|| Note, GRB 090429B has a photometric redshift zp≅9.4, and so is most likely more distant than GRB 090423, but is lacking spectroscopic confirmation.
See also: List of gamma-ray bursts
|Star or protostar or post-stellar corpse
(detected as a star)
|SDSS J1229+1122||55 Mly (17 Mpc)||The blue supergiant is illuminating a nebula in the tidal tail of galaxy IC 3418.|
|System of star clusters||Globular cluster system in elliptical galaxy behind NGC 6397||1.2Gly|||
|X-ray jet||GB 1428+4217 nearside quasar jet||z=4.72
|The previous recordholder was at 12.2Gly.|
|Microquasar||XMMU J004243.6+412519||2.5 Mly||First extragalactic microquasar discovered|
|Gamma-ray burst||GRB 090423||z=8.2|| Note, GRB 090429B has a photometric redshift zp≅9.4, and so is most likely more distant than GRB 090423, but is lacking spectroscopic confirmation.
See also: List of gamma-ray bursts
|Core collapse supernova||SN 1000+0216||z=3.8993||
See also: List of most distant supernovae
|Type Ia supernova||SN UDS10Wil||z=1.914||
See also: List of supernovae
|Type Ia supernova||SN SCP-0401
|z=1.71||First observed in 2004, it was not until 2013 that it could be identified as a Type-Ia SN.
See also: List of supernovae
|Cosmic Decoupling||Cosmic Background Radiation creation||z~1000|||
Timeline of most distant astronomical object recordholders
Objects in this list were found to be the most distant known object at the time of determination of their distance. This is frequently not the same as the date of their discovery.
Distances to astronomical objects may be determined through parallax measurements, use of standard references such as cepheid variables or Type Ia supernovas, or redshift measurement. Spectroscopic redshift measurement is preferred, while photometric redshift measurement is also used to identify candidate high redshift sources. The symbol z represents redshift.
|Progenitor of GRB 090423 / Remnant of GRB 090423||Gamma-ray burst progenitor / Gamma-ray burst remnant||2009 −||z=8.2|||
|IOK-1||Galaxy||2006 − 2009||z=6.96|||
|SDF J132522.3+273520||Galaxy||2005 − 2006||z=6.597|||
|SDF J132418.3+271455||Galaxy||2003 − 2005||z=6.578|||
|HCM-6A||Galaxy||2002 − 2003||z=6.56||The galaxy is lensed by galaxy cluster Abell 370. This was the first non-quasar galaxy found to exceed redshift 6. It exceeded the redshift of quasar SDSSp J103027.10+052455.0 of z=6.28|
|Quasar||2001 − 2002||z=6.28|||
|Quasar||2000 − 2001||z=5.82|||
|SSA22-HCM1||Galaxy||1999 − 2000||z>=5.74|||
|HDF 4-473.0||Galaxy||1998 − 1999||z=5.60|||
|RD1 (0140+326 RD1)||Galaxy||1998||z=5.34|||
|CL 1358+62 G1 & CL 1358+62 G2||Galaxies||1997 − 1998||z=4.92||These were the remotest objects known at the time of discovery. The pair of galaxies were found lensed by galaxy cluster CL1358+62 (z=0.33). This was the first time since 1964 that something other than a quasar held the record for being the most distant object in the universe.|
|PC 1247-3406||Quasar||1991 − 1997||z=4.897|||
|PC 1158+4635||Quasar||1989 − 1991||z=4.73|||
|Q0051-279||Quasar||1987 − 1989||z=4.43|||
|Quasar||1987||z=4.04||This was the second quasar discovered with a redshift over 4.|
|Quasar||1986 − 1987||z=3.80||This is a gravitationally-lensed double-image quasar, and at the time of discovery to 1991, had the least angular separation between images, 0.45 ″.|
(QSO J2003-3251, Q2000-330)
|Quasar||1982 − 1986||z=3.78||'|
|Quasar||1974 − 1982||z=3.53|||
|Quasar||1973 − 1974||z=3.408||Nickname was "the blaze marking the edge of the universe".|
|4C 05.34||Quasar||1970 − 1973||z=2.877||Its redshift was so much greater than the previous record that it was believed to be erroneous, or spurious.|
|Quasar||1968 − 1970||z=2.399|||
|Quasar||1967 − 1968||z=2.225|||
(Q1116+12, PKS 1116+12)
|Quasar||1966 − 1967||z=2.1291|||
(Q0106+01, PKS 0106+1)
|Quasar||1965 − 1966||z=2.0990|||
|3C 9||Quasar||1965||z=2.018||<ref>Astrophysical Journal, vol. 141, p.1295 ;|
|3C 147||Quasar||1964 − 1965||z=0.545|||
|3C 295||Radio galaxy||1960 − 1964||z=0.461|||
|LEDA 25177 (MCG+01-23-008)||Brightest cluster galaxy||1951 − 1960||z=0.2
|This galaxy lies in the Hydra Supercluster. It is located at B1950.0 08h 55m 4s +03° 21′ and is the BCG of the fainter Hydra Cluster Cl 0855+0321 (ACO 732).|
|LEDA 51975 (MCG+05-34-069)||Brightest cluster galaxy||1936 -||z=0.13
|The brightest cluster galaxy of the Bootes cluster (ACO 1930), an elliptical galaxy at B1950.0 14h 30m 6s +31° 46′ apparent magnitude 17.8, was found by Milton L. Humason in 1936 to have a 40,000 km/s recessional redshift velocity.|
|LEDA 20221 (MCG+06-16-021)||Brightest cluster galaxy||1932 -||z=0.075
|This is the BCG of the Gemini Cluster (ACO 568) and was located at B1950.0 07h 05m 0s +35° 04′|
|BCG of WMH Christie's Leo Cluster||Brightest cluster galaxy||1931 − 1932||z=
|BCG of Baede's Ursa Major Cluster||Brightest cluster galaxy||1930 − 1931||z=
|NGC 4860||Galaxy||1929 − 1930||z=0.026
|Using redshift measurements, NGC 7619 was the highest at the time of measurement. At the time of announcement, it was not yet accepted as a general guide to distance, however, later in the year, Edwin Hubble described redshift in relation to distance, which became accepted widely as an inferred distance.|
(Dreyer nebula 584)
|Galaxy||1921 − 1929||z=0.006
|At the time, nebula had yet to be accepted as independent galaxies. However, in 1923, galaxies were generally recognized as external to the Milky Way.|
|M104 (NGC 4594)||Galaxy||1913 − 1921||z=0.004
|This was the second galaxy whose redshift was determined; the first being Andromeda - which is approaching us and thus cannot have its redshift used to infer distance. Both were measured by Vesto Melvin Slipher. At this time, nebula had yet to be accepted as independent galaxies. NGC 4594 was measured originally as 1000 km/s, then refined to 1100, and then to 1180 in 1916.|
|Star||1891 − 1910||160 ly
(this is very inaccurate, true= 37 ly)
|This number is wrong; originally announced in 1891, the figure was corrected in 1910 to 40 ly (60 mas). From 1891 to 1910, it had been thought this was the star with the smallest known parallax, hence the most distant star whose distance was known. Prior to 1891, Arcturus had previously been recorded of having a parallax of 127 mas.|
|Star||1849 -||72 ly
(Alpha Ursae Minoris)
|Star||1847 - 1849||50 ly
(this is very inaccurate, true=~375 ly)
|Star (part of a double star pair)||1839 - 1847||7.77 pc
|61 Cygni||Binary star||1838 − 1839||3.48 pc
|This was the first star other than the Sun to have its distance measured.|
|Uranus||Planet of the Solar System||1781 − 1838||18 AU||This was the last planet discovered before the first successful measurement of stellar parallax. It had been determined that the stars were much farther away than the planets.|
|Saturn||Planet of the Solar System||1619 − 1781||10 AU||From Kepler's Third Law, it was finally determined that Saturn is indeed the outermost of the classical planets, and its distance derived. It had only previously been conjectured to be the outermost, due to it having the longest orbital period, and slowest orbital motion. It had been determined that the stars were much farther away than the planets.|
|Mars||Planet of the Solar System||1609 − 1619||2.6 AU when Mars is diametrically opposed to Earth||Kepler correctly characterized Mars and Earth's orbits in the publication Astronomia nova. It had been conjectured that the fixed stars were much farther away than the planets.|
|Sun||Star||3rd century BC — 1609||380 Earth radii (very inaccurate, true=16000 Earth radii)||Aristarchus of Samos made a measurement of the distance of the Sun from the Earth in relation to the distance of the Moon from the Earth. The distance to the Moon was described in Earth radii (20, also inaccurate). The diameter of the Earth had been calculated previously. At the time, it was assumed that some of the planets were further away, but their distances could not be measured. The order of the planets was conjecture until Kepler determined the distances of the four true planets from the Sun that were not Earth. It had been conjectured that the fixed stars were much farther away than the planets.|
|Moon||Moon of a planet||3rd century BC||20 Earth radii (very inaccurate, true=64 Earth radii)||Aristarchus of Samos made a measurement of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. The diameter of the Earth had been calculated previously. At the time, it was assumed that some of the planets were further away, but their distances could not be measured. The order of the planets was conjecture until Kepler determined the distances of the four true planets from the Sun that were not Earth. It had been conjectured that the fixed stars were much farther away than the planets.|
List of objects by year of discovery that turned out to be most distant
This list contains a list of most distant objects by year of discovery of the object, not the determination of its distance. Objects may have been discovered without distance determination, and were found subsequently to be the most distant known at that time. However, object must have been named or described. An object like OJ 287 is ignored even though it was detected as early as 1891 using photographic plates, but ignored until the advent of radiotelescopes.
|Year of record||Modern
light travel distance (Mly)
|Object||Type||Detected using||First record by (1)|
|964||2.5||Andromeda Galaxy||Spiral galaxy||naked eye||Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi|
|1654||3||Triangulum Galaxy||Spiral galaxy||refracting telescope||Giovanni Battista Hodierna|
|1779||68||Messier 58||Barred spiral galaxy||refracting telescope||Charles Messier|
|1785||76.4||NGC 584||Galaxy||William Herschel|
|1880s||206 ± 29||NGC 1||Spiral galaxy||Dreyer, Herschel|
|1959||2,400||3C 273||Quasar||Parkes Radio Telescope||Maarten Schmidt, Bev Oke|
|1960||5,000||3C 295||Radio galaxy||Palomar Observatory||Rudolph Minkowski|
|2009||13,000||GRB 090423||Gamma-ray burst progenitor||Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission||Krimm, H. et al.|
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- Subaru telescope
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13.75 Big Bang - 0.38 = 13.37
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- Hubble spots three magnified views of most distant known galaxy
- CLASH: Three Strongly Lensed Images of a Candidate z ~ 11 Galaxy
- NASA’s Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy through Cosmic Magnifying Glass
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- NASA NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy
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- The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field
- Dim galaxy is most distant object yet found
- VLT/XSHOOTER and Subaru/MOIRCS spectroscopy of HUDF.YD3: no evidence for Lyman alpha emission at z = 8.55
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- PASJ: Publ. Astron. Soc. Japan 57, 165-182, February 25, 2005; The SUBARU Deep Field Project: Lymanα Emitters at a Redshift of 6.6
- BBC News, Most distant galaxy detected, Tuesday, 25 March 2003, 14:28 GMT
- SpaceRef, Subaru Telescope Detects the Most Distant Galaxy Yet and Expects Many More, Monday, March 24, 2003
- arXiv, The Discovery of Two Lyman$\alpha$ Emitters Beyond Redshift 6 in the Subaru Deep Field, 28 February 2003
- New Scientist, New record for Universe's most distant object, 17:19 14 March 2002
- BBC News, Far away stars light early cosmos, Thursday, 14 March 2002, 11:38 GMT
- The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 568:L75–L79, April 1, 2002 ; A Redshift z = 6.56 Galaxy behind the Cluster Abell 370 ; doi:10.1086/340424
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- The Astrophysical Journal, 578:702–707, 20 October 2002, A Constraint on the Gravitational Lensing Magnification and Age of the Redshift z = 6.28 Quasar SDSS 1030+0524
- The Astrophysical Journal, 126:1-14, 2003 July ; Probing the Ionization State OF THE Universe At z > 6
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