Hubble Finds Unique Ancient ‘Relic Galaxy’ in Our Own Cosmic BackyardAn international team of astronomers has uncovered a unique ancient galaxy in our own cosmic neighborhood—just 240 million light-years from Earth—which has essentially remained unchanged for the past 10 billion years, according to a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature. This galaxy—known as NGC 1277—is composed exclusively of aging stars, appearing just as it did in the early stages of the universe. Researchers said that at the beginning of its life, NGC 1277 was producing stars 1,000 times faster than our Milky Way today;*however, this process abruptly came to an end.