Dr Johan Richard, a scientist financially supported by the Marie Curie Actions, an EU research fund, has discovered a distant galaxy, which can bring other astronomers closer to understanding the beginning of the Universe.
In his project, HIGHZLENS, the researcher studied 'red-shift' galaxies through the Hubble space telescope.
The discovery came when Dr Richard realised that thanks to an atypical alignment of stars, a new galaxy appeared in the sky.
The galaxy is composed of old stars, an unusual phenomenon in a young universe, explains the scientist.
According to the researcher, the discovery can help answer some fundamental questions about the formation of the Universe.
Factsheet by the European Commission / 30 January 2013