Researchers believe they have found the farthest galaxy group ever seen by mankind, and we are witnessing it emerge from a so-called ‘cosmic dark age’ as it reshapes the universe around it.

The trio of galaxies, named EGS77, dates back to when the universe was just 680 million years old.

In the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang, the universe was a thick, cloudy soup dense with hydrogen atoms and almost entirely bereft of light.

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