An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is being dubbed by NASA as "the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving universe — and one of the most colorful."
The photo, released by the space agency on Tuesday, is part of the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field project.
According to NASA, the addition of ultraviolet data "gives astronomers access to direct observations of regions of unobscured star formation and may help us to fully understand how stars formed."
"The patch of sky in this image has been previously studied by astronomers in a series of visible and near-infrared exposures taken from 2004 to 2009: the Hubble Ultra Deep Field," NASA said. "Now, with the addition of ultraviolet light, they have combined the full range of colours available to Hubble, stretching all the way from ultraviolet to near-infrared light."
"The resulting image, made from 841 orbits of telescope viewing time, contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, extending back to within a few hundred million years of the Big Bang," the space agency concluded.
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