Hubble Telescope Captures Impressive Image with 265,000 Galaxies

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Astronomers have released an incredible image of the Hubble Space Telescope containing more than 265,000 galaxies. The image is part of a 16-year mosaic and the light from some of the galaxies it includes was emitted only 500 million years after the Big Bang - the age of the most accepted universe today is 13.5 billion years.

The new set of images was assembled using 7,500 individual exposures incorporating wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. It is the collective work of 31 individual Hubble programs, totaling more than 250 days of continuous observations. The weaker objects in the image are one tenth of a billionth of the brightness our eyes can see - so, yes, it's sensational!


265 thousand galaxies in a single image. (Credits: NASA / ESA)

Before the launch of Hubble in 1990, astronomers were able to see galaxies about 7 billion light-years away. Earth observatories have made great strides in technology and have comparable capabilities, but even with 29 years of Hubble, it continues to produce incredible images like this.

The picture is not only beautiful. It is overflowing with data. It is a phenomenal resource for astronomers and a fantastic catalog of some of the most distant galaxies ever photographed. This will provide new insights into how galaxies evolved in the formative years of the cosmos.

"These extraordinary high resolution measurements of the numerous galaxies in the catalog allow for a wide range of extragalactic studies," said researcher Katherine Whitaker of the University of Connecticut.

You can check the zoomed version of the image and wherever you look, you will find galaxies of all shapes and colors, some interacting, others already inactive and so far away that we cannot imagine. [ IFLS ]