Hubble observations put universe's history into one image

Hubble creates stunning mosaic containing roughly 265,000 galaxies

But it paid off, and now the Hubble Legacy Field image exists as a testament to over a decade of work. It captures wavelengths from ultraviolet to near-infrared light enabling to observe the assembly of galaxies over time.

The Hubble telescope has captured a spectacular photograph of one of the universe's most majestic sights, a spiral galaxy in all its swirling glory. The team is now working on a second set of images that total more than 5,200 additional Hubble exposures. As incredible as the mosaic created from many years of Hubble observations are, the NASA/ESA James Webb Space Telescope will allow astronomers to push even deeper into the legacy filed to reveal how infant galaxies developed over time.

The subsequent Hubble Ultra Deep Field from 2004 revealed almost 10,000 galaxies in a single image.

Feeling small yet? Or simply full of wonder?

The Legacy Field is made possible through the collaborative effort of 31 Hubble programs of different teams. Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been providing astronomers and non-astronomers alike a glimpse - and think about that for just a second, because it is just a glimpse - of those vast, perhaps unknowable, mysteries, triggering the imaginations of anyone who has ever looked on the star-painted skies with awe.




The new picture is part of an ongoing project known as the Hubble Legacy Field. "Previously, most of these exposures had not been put together in a consistent way that can be used by any researcher".

The image offers astronomers the chance to study the oldest galaxies, giving them the ability to track the universe's expansion rate and, even more, the hidden chemical and physical factors that led to the growth of life on our home planet. "Astronomers can select the data in the Legacy Field they want and work with it immediately, as opposed to having to perform a huge amount of data reduction before conducting scientific analysis".

Scientists using a telescope "Hubble" has received the NGC 2903 - "perfect" spiral galaxy, which is located at a distance of 30 million light years from Earth in the constellation of Leo.

NASA's Hubble Telescope has released an image that combined 7500 images from 16 years of surveys that reflects galaxies and stars billions of light years away. The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image contains several of the most distant objects ever identified. Unlike previous Hubble cameras, the telescope's WFC3 covers a broader wavelength range, from ultraviolet to near-infrared. It also shows the faintest and farthest galaxies that can not be seen by the naked eye.

Below, you can explore the full-size Hubble image. And until future telescopes come online, it's the sharpest, deepest view astronomers will get of the universe's early days.

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