SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Virgin Galactic Debut and More

 SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Virgin Galactic Debut and More
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December 8, 2009--The deepest known image of the universe (above) was captured in near-infrared light in August by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and released Tuesday.

The faint, reddish objects (pictured) are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the big bang--marking the first time such ancient galaxies have been spotted. Such an in-depth view gives astronomers insights into how young galaxies matured early in the universe's history, according to the Hubble Web site.
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory and the University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (UCO/Lick Observatory and Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team
 
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