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Eye on the Horizon of Time

deep-field galaxiesThis Hubble image represents the farthest we have ever peered into space, showing hundreds of never-seen-before galaxies--including ones as far as 12 billion light years away. That means you’re seeing these galaxies as they looked 12 billion years ago, relatively soon after the Big Bang. By studying the rich array of shapes and colors in the image, scientists learn not only what very early galaxies looked like, but also how the early universe evolved.

To make this image, known as "Hubble Deep Field South," the space telescope was pointed at one tiny part of the sky for ten days, allowing it to detect the extremely dim light from ancient galaxies.


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