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Brightest Distant Galaxy Ever Found CR7 Named After Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Alex Repola

An International team of Astronomers led by David Sobral from Portugal and Netherlands, used ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) discovered the brightest galaxy yet found and, naturally, named it CR7 after star player of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo.

CR7, formally known as Cosmos Redshift 7, came after the Big Bang and helped to jump-start the creation of the elements needed for planets and life before it disappeared for ever. The CR7 galaxy existed when the universe was only about 800 million years old and is three times as bright as any galaxy previously found.

The galaxy's name, Sobral said, was partially inspired by the great Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, a.k.a. CR7.

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