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The Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Monday,  03/22/04  10:53 PM

The Hubble Space Telescope took an amazing picture the other day - actually it took 11.3 days of exposure time, taken over the course of 400 Hubble orbits.  This image - called the Ultra Deep Field - contains about 10,000 galaxies, cutting across billions of light years.  "In ground based photographs, the patch of sky in which the galaxies reside (just one-tenth the diameter of the moon) is largely empty."

(click image for full-size interactive viewer)

Be sure to hit F11 to maximize your browser's window so you can see as much of the image as possible.

As usual, I upsampled the image and am serving it with Aperio's image server software.