AMHERST, MASS. (WHDH) - Astronomers say they found traces of a never-before-seen galaxy entirely by accident.

Scientists recently spotted a 12.5 billion-year-old light that is believed to be from a giant galaxy.

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Katherine Whitaker is on the team that made this incredible discovery.

“The first question that went through my mind was, ‘Is this for real,” Whitaker said. “I think that once you get to the point where you really trust the observations that you take, then it is sort of taking another jump into, ‘OK well, what does this mean and how does this change how we have been thinking about galaxy formation?”

The team said that these galaxies were long considered to be folklore because there was no evidence to prove their existence until now.

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