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May 5, 2019

Hubble Legacy Field Zoom-Out

From BGR:

Hubble can peer deep into space thanks to its powerful lenses, but when NASA reveals its images of far-off galaxies and other features, it's difficult to put its power into perspective.

With that in mind, astronomers have produced what they're calling the Hubble Legacy Field, a combination of images that does an outstanding job of showing us just how much detail the telescope is capable of detecting and displaying.

Starting with a zoomed-in image showcasing the deepest view of the universe that Hubble has been able to generate, the video above slowly zooms out to show the full scope of Hubble's imaging power.

"The deep-sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, provides a wide portrait of the distant universe, containing 265,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the big bang," NASA explains. "The faintest and farthest galaxies are just one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see. The universe's evolutionary history is also chronicled in this one sweeping view. The portrait shows how galaxies change over time, building themselves up to become the giant galaxies seen in the nearby universe."

May 5, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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