One of the most iconic images of the Hubble Space Telescope is Hubble's ultra-deep field, overlooking thousands of galaxies of all different shapes, sizes and colors. The Hubble Team issued a, So what's next? We go deeper.
On Thursday, a team of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Spain released what they call "the deepest idea of the universe ever taken from space." It looks very different from Hubble's previous photos.
The original Ultra Deep Field image of 2004 is described as a "deep" core sample of the universe that crosses billions of light-years. "
Improvements in image processing technology helped researchers to create a new, more detailed look that shows the masses of gray areas that were previously dark in Hubble 2012. This deeper view highlights invisible remote areas of space.
The team works from hundreds of original Hubble observations and processes the combined views to restore a large amount of light [emitted by stars] from the outer zones of the largest galaxies. " Leading researcher Alejandro Borlaf twitches that the team has discovered thousands of millions of hidden stars.
The work of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias is discussed in an article published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Researchers provide their results and data to other scientists online through a website called the ABYSS HUDF WFC3 / IR project.
For the casual observer, the new Ultra Deep Field looks like a mess, but the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias says the restored light has already shown that some of the galaxies in the image have diameters nearly twice as large as the previous ones.
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