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Hubble Telescope Unveils Most Colorful View of the Universe Yet

Hubble deep sky view
Composite visible and near infrared light collected from Hubble over a nine-year period.
Courtesy of NASA/ESA

NASA’s Hubble space telescope has unveiled its most colorful window into the universe yet, a glimpse of some 10,000 galaxies spread across space. Some of those universes date to the era of the first galaxies.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) image released this week combines views of the sky taken from 2003 to 2009 near the constellation Fornax, the Furnace, with ultraviolet light imagery from the same region of the sky, according to the space agency. Combined with existing infrared and visible-light surveys, the ultraviolet imagery fills out the deep field view with galaxies that came into existence within the last 10 billion years, when most stars were born.

“The lack of information from ultraviolet light made studying galaxies in the HUDF like trying to understand the history of families without knowing about the grade-school children,” said Hubble team member Harry Teplitz of the California Institute of Technology. “The addition of the ultraviolet fills in this missing range.”

Comments

  1. tricia
    CA
    June 11, 11:09 am

    Glorious image! Does anyone know whether the shot is like a 7 year time lapse or non stop shot? Similar to using a wedge on a standstill tripod telescope from earth?

  2. Jeff Harman
    Roanoke, Virginia
    June 10, 9:23 am

    I remember when in the first decade of this century that the US Government was going to stop servicing/maintaining the HST due to the financial cost. It is wondrous that it is still kept functional!

    To believe that we’re the ultimate in knowledge, that we have reached our apex in understanding the things which God has created is as silly as the conclusion that the US Patent Office should have been closed in the mid 1800’s because that “everything that can be invented has been invented.” Yet in the 1860’s, more patents were granted for weapons of war than in the entire history of this Nation… and that’s just weapons being developed!

    If God only created Earth-dwelling humans as intelligent beings with minds that can figure things about this universe (and who can truly say for certain that this is His only one) then such would be like saying that there is only one planed that ever could have sustained any sort of life: we in our infancy of knowledge have discovered that life did exist in simple form on Mars.

    There are a great many things that we will discover about the wonders that He has created, but such will be as He sees fit for us to know and only when He determines that we have evolved enough in our wisdom of comprehension of His wonders.

    And this is just one image of a tiny portion of the Universe that is within the grasp of our humble and inefficient Hubble Space Telescope. Our knowledge and comprehension is so miniscule that we know more about the tiny bit of the Moon’s surface explored in the Apollo missions than we know about what is beneath the surface of our oceans here on this Earth!

  3. Dianne Holcombe
    United States
    June 9, 12:24 pm

    To those who know we cannot be the only ones here in the universe, consider the Fermi Paradox. I read it last week on the Wait But Why site, and it made me reconsider my opinion.

  4. Jemima
    Brighton, England
    June 8, 6:31 pm

    It is so brilliant to be able to see God’s creation so spectacularly. The more I see of the universe , the more in awe I become.

  5. Vincent Kennedy
    uk
    June 8, 4:31 pm

    Awesome and beautiful. There is no doubt, we are not alone!

  6. Luis Orlando Pérez
    Venezuela
    June 6, 11:35 pm

    Watching to this kind of pictures, we can understand that we humans are very small and insignificant in size, but at the same time, we humans are giants as far as mental power refers. We humans, are entities of organized matter, that understand its inner environment, the Earth environment, and is beginning to understand the deep space. I think, we are a normal state of matter: gas, liquid, solid and VIDA, in a given environment. We humans better start thinking that we are not alone in the Universe. But first of all, start thinking in our world in peace. Thanks NASA.

  7. helen
    Australia
    June 6, 12:00 pm

    It is absolutely awe inspiring. Why go and reduce its impact by narrowing to the confines of the bible or saying some person created it? And wouldn’t it be all the “more” incredible if we were the only ones? Which I think is “just” as possible.
    I like what Ron Heasley commented. It is indeed!

  8. Mehmet Arkın Gürbüz
    Turkey
    June 6, 5:01 am

    Full complety perfect. We have the mind and those space. We must see and learn who created them.

  9. Izzy
    United States
    June 6, 4:02 am

    Beautiful! However, I must take exception to the first paragraph, where you call galaxies “universes”. I am disappointed that NatGeo bandies scientific terms so recklessly.

  10. Winfred
    Barbados
    June 5, 7:56 pm

    I agree with Casey comments. Serves to confirm the Bible statement in Hebrews 1:2 (last part), by whom He also made the worlds.

  11. Carl Parrish
    USA
    June 5, 12:50 pm

    keep looking Hubble there’s a lot’s more to see!!!

  12. Sanat Kumar Kar
    Haora,West Bengal, India
    June 5, 12:12 pm

    We call it MAHAVISVA. ..limit less(ANANTA)…where are we? insignificant and vastly small are we, but we have ventured to locate this and discovered…that is the wonder

  13. Miguel
    nyc
    June 5, 10:29 am

    It always amazes me that at this time and age, there are still people thst think we are the
    Only one in this universe.

  14. kevin baker
    uk
    June 5, 6:57 am

    I thought exactly the same, I wonder if some beings are looking at pictures of our galaxy. We are so lucky to be alive now to experience all this wonderful information and beautiful pictures

  15. Victor ramos
    Clearwater Fl
    June 5, 6:13 am

    The Hubble is the most big eye in the spece

  16. imran
    lahore
    June 5, 5:33 am

    Looking at this picture,does not it mean that in the night sky,we might consider a galaxy to be a star?

  17. Ron Heasley
    Elizabethtown, PA
    June 5, 4:48 am

    This is rather “hubbling”

  18. Casey
    Australia
    June 5, 4:26 am

    Amazing picture! I am so very fascinated with outer space!
    I’m happy that someone else (@Dwayne LaGrou) believes that there other beings other there! How could there not be with space the size that it is!?
    Would love to see more pictures like this!!!

  19. Dwayne LaGrou
    Lapeer, Michigan
    June 4, 2:16 pm

    What an incredible number of galaxies !!! It really makes you feel a little insignificant. Who know how many other “Beings” are looking at similar pictures and thinking the same thing. Absolutely Fantastic!!!
    I hope the Hubble Space Telescope keeps on working. We have learned SO MUCH from it’s images. Thank You NASA & National Geographic.