by Deep Astronomy
August 2, 2009

from YouTube Website



The Most Significant Image...

Ever Captured By Hubble

1996 and 2004 were the years that the Hubble Space Telescope was able to take pictures of thousands upon thousands of visible galaxies, with hundreds of billions of stars within each galaxy.


Today, most scientists estimate our universe to be comprised of at least one hundred billion galaxies, with hundreds of billions of stars within each one.


Astronomers estimate that there are approximately 1.6 planets orbiting every star in our galaxy alone. The pictures in the video come from the Hubble Space Telescope observing a patch in space that appeared to have nothing in it.


It is now known as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field the deepest view ever of the Universe, probing what is the far distant Universe, seeing beyond what any human eye or one aided by a telescope could ever hope to see.


Observational time on this telescope is in very high demand.


While some initially questioned the decision to point the telescope towards a visibly empty patch, clearly it was the right decision.


Produced from this decision is in my opinion one of the most profound images captured in all of human history.



A flight through the Hubble Ultra Deep Field,

the most distant visible-light view of the universe.


The redshifts of 5,333 galaxies were converted

to distances to assemble a 3-D model of the data.


This scientific visualization flies through the data

to showcase its true 3-D nature.


I've recently discovered an animation that was rendered using the measured redshift of all 10,000 galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image. I've written a short script that leads you through a quick history of both deep field images and this video ends with a fly-through of the Ultra Deep Field.

Every galaxy in the image is in its proper distance as viewed from the telescope line of sight.

As if this image wasn't amazing enough...


Animation Credit