NASA Reveals Beautiful Composite Image of Deep Space

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 - 10:23AM
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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 - 10:23AM
NASA Reveals Beautiful Composite Image of Deep Space

NASA just released this amazing ultraviolet-light image that reveals about 10,000 very old galaxies that date back to just a few hundred million years after the big bang. The image was created using a compilation of nine years' worth of snapshots taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

 

According to researcher Dr. Rogier Windhorst, this image is "the deepest panchromatic image of the sky ever made. It reaches the faintness of one firefly as seen from the distance of the moon."

 

However, the image serves a greater purpose than simply dazzling its viewers— it actually unveils a great deal of much-needed information about our abilities in ultraviolet deep space caption. In particular, the new data that this image provides will help pave the way for researchers as NASA proceeds to replace the Hubble with the new "James Webb Space Telescope". 

 

Credit: NASA

 

"Ultraviolet surveys like this one using the unique capability of Hubble are incredibly important in planning for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," Dr. Windhorst explains. "Hubble provides an invaluable ultraviolet light dataset that researchers will need to combine with infrared data from Webb. This is the first really deep ultraviolet image to show the power of that combination."

 

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