From Perimeter Institute: “14 mind-bogglingly awesome facts about the Hubble Deep Field images”

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From Perimeter Institute

Jan 28, 2020
Perimeter Institute

The landmark Deep Field image and its successors make the mind reel with their depictions of the universe’s unfathomable vastness.

Hubble Ultra Deep Field NASA/ESA Hubble

Perhaps the most incredible picture ever captured – aside from that picture you posted on Instagram of your cat wearing sunglasses, of course – is the Hubble Deep Field image.

Released 24 years ago this month, the original Hubble Deep Field image conveys the staggering, incomprehensible quantity of stars and galaxies out there in the universe.

Perhaps most incredibly, the Hubble Telescope captured the image by focusing on a tiny and seemingly “empty” patch of space with a very long exposure. This yielded an image containing thousands of galaxies and trillions – trillions! – of stars.

Over the decades since the release of the first Deep Field image, follow-up observations and experiments (like the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field and the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field) have unveiled exquisitely detailed images of our early universe.

Just last year, the ABYSS Hubble Ultra-Deep Field reprocessed the Ultra-Deep Field images to provide humanity with the deepest look into the cosmos yet.

Feast your eyes and your mind on these Deep Field facts.

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Fascinating videos about the Hubble Deep Field

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