Hubble Lets Us Gaze at the Distant Universe

image of what looks like twinkling white stars against a dark sky, but is actually 200,000 galaxies
[Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth and D. Magee (University of California, Santa Cruz), K. Whitaker (University of Connecticut), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), P. Oesch (University of Geneva), and the Hubble Legacy Field team.]

What you are seeing in that image is "a mosaic of the distant Universe, called the Hubble Legacy Field, that documents 16 years of observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image contains 200,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the Big Bang."

The composite image was "created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures" and "comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers."

Absolutely stunning.

At CNET, Amanda Kooser writes: "The image is a wonder to behold, but it's more than just a looker. ...The Hubble Legacy Field image demands time and thought. It may look like specks on a dark canvas at first, but it's really the story of our universe and our very existence. It's also a reminder that the cosmos is a place of wonder and that Hubble can be our guide across both time and space."

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