26th September 2012
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You may have heard of the Hubble Deep Field (HDF) image and possibly also the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF), which were long exposures of the Hubble space telescope’s camera on a very small portion of the sky, allowing the telescope to capture the very faint light of distant galaxies all-but-invisible to telescopes on the ground.
The HUDF has been called, “the most important image you will ever see.” The points of light that fill the HUDF image are not individual stars, but rather individual galaxies, which ought to stun the viewer into awed silence. Well, now NASA has produced another even longer exposure, which means an even deeper view into the cosmos.
The image above is a small portion that I copied out of NASA’s large 13 MB image, which you can see in its full size at the link above.