Details of individual distant galaxies

Astronomers analyzing two of the deepest views of the cosmos made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a gold mine of galaxies, more than 500 that existed less than a billion years after the Big Bang. These galaxies thrived when the cosmos was less than 7 percent of its present age of 13.7 billion years. This sample, of which 28 are seen here, represents the most comprehensive compilation of galaxies in the early Universe, researchers said.

The galaxies appear red because of their tremendous distance from Earth. The blue light from their young stars took nearly 13 billion years to arrive at Earth. During the journey, the blue light was shifted to red light due to the expansion of space.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, R. Bouwens and G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

About the Image

Id:heic0611c
Type:Observation
Release date:21 September 2006, 16:00
Related releases:heic0611
Size:1200 x 2100 px

About the Object

Name:Hubble Ultra Deep Field, HUDF
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
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