My Favorite Photo in the Whole Wide Universe: Welcome to the “Deep Field” (Hubble, 2014)

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Hubble eXtreme Deep FieldHubble Telescope’s “Deep Filed” Photograph. (News release ID: STScI-2014-27/Release Date: Jun 3, 2014, NASA)

What is the “Deep Field”?

‘The Hubble Deep Field (HDF) is an image of a small region in the constellation Ursa Major, constructed from a series of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope. It covers an area about 2.6 arcminutes on a side, about one 24-millionth of the whole sky, which is equivalent in angular size to a tennis ball at a distance of 100 metres.[1] The image was assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 over ten consecutive days between December 18 and December 28, 1995.[2][3]

The field is so small that only a few foreground stars in the Milky Way lie within it; thus, almost all of the 3,000 objects in the image are galaxies, some of which are among the youngest and most distant…

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