National Geographic News

Deepest Visible-Light Photo of Cosmos

Photograph courtesy NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Representing 800 exposures taken during 400 Hubble Space Telescope orbits around Earth from September 2003 to January 2004, this galaxy-studded photo is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos ever taken. Nearly 10,000 galaxies are represented in this view, dubbed the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which scientists describe as peering through an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) straw to get a deep core sample of the universe.

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