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Hubble Reveals 13.2B-Year-Old Picture of the Universe

It's a question that some of us may ask when seeing another breathtaking image of space, this time taken by NASA's Hubble telescope. Last week, we learned about images taken Fermilab's DEC reaching about 66 million light years into space. NASA published an eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, photograph detailing a tiny portion of the sky, showing about 5,500 galaxies that appear via extreme exposure of 2 million seconds and via the combination of 2,000 individual images.

The XDF goes back 13.2 billion years in time, and close to the believed beginning of universe 13.7 billion years ago. The youngest galaxies in the picture are shown as they existed only 450 million years after the big bang. "The early universe was a time of dramatic birth for galaxies containing brilliant blue stars extraordinarily brighter than our sun. The light from those past events is just arriving at Earth now, and so the XDF is a time tunnel into the distant past."

The farthest galaxies shown in the images are 13.2 billion light years away, which translates to about 2.6 septillion miles.

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  • Shin-san
    Hm. I wonder far we can zoom in on one of these galaxies. Oh, too bad we don't have the CSI Enhance filter
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  • Target3
    oh.
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  • plznote
    Another blow to the e-peen.
    On a serious note, I think the pictures are nothing short of amazing.
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  • bison88
    The Engineers are out there.
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  • A Bad Day
    Light is surprisingly slow if you have enough distance.
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  • RealBeast
    Interesting that it is so sharp and clear with all the "dark matter" in the way. :)
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  • ctbaars
    My mind is surprisingly slow if you have enough scientists, no, A scientist.
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  • nforce4max
    ctbaarsMy mind is surprisingly slow if you have enough scientists, no, A scientist.
    You should see the inside of a class room. The very moment the teacher opens his or her mouth to lecture half the class crashes then sleeps till about five minutes before the class is due to end.
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  • pjmelect
    That's an old photo, it was originally taken by the Hubble by selecting an apparently empty region of space and doing a very long exposure.
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  • ctbaars
    They stuck the Hubble up the dark region, with exposure, it found gold nuggets at the back end.
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