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Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Cetus
Right ascension 02h 18m 56.5s
Declination −05° 19′ 58.9″
Redshift 7.213
Distance 12.91 billion light-years
(light travel distance)
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

SXDF-NB1006-2 is a distant galaxy located in the Cetus constellation, with a spectroscopic redshift of z = 7.213 or 12.91 billion light-years away.[1] It was discovered by the Subaru XMM-Newton Deep Survey Field.[1] The galaxy was claimed to be the most distant galaxy at announcement in June 2012, as the more distant claimants were not confirmed spectroscopically at the time. It exceeded the previous confirmed distance holder, GN-108036, also discovered by Subaru.[2]


  1. ^ a b Thirty Meter Telescope, TMT - SXDF-NB1006-2, NAOJ (accessed 16 November 2012)
  2. ^, "Newfound Galaxy May Be Most Distant Ever Seen", 14 June 2012 (accessed 18 December 2012)

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Preceded by
Most distant galaxy
2012 — 2013
Succeeded by
Z8 GND 5296