UC Irvine scientists have discovered a cluster of galaxies in a very early stage of formation that is 11.4 billion light years from Earth – the farthest of its kind ever to be detected. The galaxy proto-cluster, named LBG-2377, is giving scientists an unprecedented look at galaxy formation and how the universe has evolved. Before the discovery, the farthest known event like this was approximately 9 billion light years away. This research is reported in the online bulletin astro-ph by Jeff Cooke, James Bullock and Betsy Barton in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.Science