June 4, 2014 10:07 am

Hubble captures image of 10,000 galaxies in unprecedented colour

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TORONTO – NASA has released the most colourful deep-space image ever taken of our universe.

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a stunning picture of our universe that contains about 10,000 galaxies going back in time to within a few hundred millions years of the Big Bang.

The composite image is called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Previous images, captured from 2003 to 2009, were studied in near-infrared light. Now, astronomers used ultraviolet light to produce the full range of colours from ultraviolet to near-infrared light.

The image is a composite of hundreds of exposures taken from 2003 to 2012 with two cameras aboard the space telescope — Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3 and was created from 841 orbits of telescope viewing time.

For a high-resolution image, click here.

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