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New Hubble Ultra Deep Field Images released

Postby stix on Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:55 am

Astronomy fans:
New Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field - Infrared. Images released at HubbleSite.Org

Check it out at:

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/31/

December 8, 2009: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the Big Bang. No galaxies have been seen before at such early times. The new deep view, taken in late August 2009, also provides insights into how galaxies grew in their formative years early in the universe's history. The image was taken in the same region as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), which was taken in 2004 and is the deepest visible-light image of the universe. Hubble's newly installed Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) collects light from near-infrared wavelengths and therefore looks even deeper into the universe, because the light from very distant galaxies is stretched out of the ultraviolet and visible regions of the spectrum into near-infrared wavelengths by the expansion of the universe.
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Re: New Hubble Ultra Deep Field Images released

Postby Ian on Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:25 am

I'm always amazed that the Hubble is still functional and producing new images.
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Re: New Hubble Ultra Deep Field Images released

Postby stix on Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:21 am

Yeah, considering it was launched almost 20 years ago, had faulty optics corrected in 1993, and was last serviced and had new instruments and camera installed in May 2009. Remarkable feat of technology, science, engineering and NASA repair work.

The photos say it all.
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