Stunning new Hubble panorama spies 15,000 galaxies


Making Sugar
Feb 24, 2016
For almost 30 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been one of our best eyes in the sky, scanning the heavens clear of the light-warping effects of Earth's atmosphere. Now astronomers have released one of the most comprehensive views of the universe's evolution captured by Hubble, combining ultraviolet, infrared and visible light into one image that shows thousands of galaxies spread across space and time.

The stars we see when we look up at night don't tell the whole picture by a long shot. Thanks to the constant expansion of the universe, light from the most distant galaxies has been shifted towards the infrared end of the spectrum. Those a bit closer to home, meanwhile, can be imaged across a broader spectrum.
These new mosaic images provide a panoramic view of around 15,000 galaxies, in the center of the fields observed by The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS). About 12,000 of these galaxies are in the star-formation stage, with some of the most distant spots (the reddest ones) dating back 11 billion years.

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