Hubble goes eXtreme


NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced an image of galaxies going back almost to the time when the first stars began to shine. The image shows galaxies as old as 13.2 billion years. The Universe is about 13.7 billion years old. The image is of a small patch of sky, only a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon, located at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field.


(Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team)

The photograph was assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble Space Telescope photographs, which amounts to more than 2,000 individual images.


(Illustration Credit: NASA; ESA; and Z. Levay, STScI; Moon Image Credit: T. Rector; I. Dell’Antonio/NOAO/AURA/NSF)

The above image gives you an idea of the angular size of the image.

For more details consult NASA’s webpages.




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