New Hubble images reveal the limits of the known universe

We've seen graphic depictions mapping the relative scale of our universe, but nothing beats actually looking into the void and seeing what's really out there. This week the Hubble Space Telescope released images that take us farther than we've ever gone before.

The new images, dubbed eXtreme Deep Field (or XDF), represent 10 years of photographic data captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that were culled from the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. This new imagery shows us never-before-seen galaxies as they appeared billions of years ago. For serious space enthusiasts, the Hubble team will hold a "Meet the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field Observing Team" later today via Google Hangouts, where viewers can pose questions about the new findings to a panel of experts.

In the meantime, you can check out a short video of Hubble's trip to the edge of the known universe, as well as another video featuring scientists Dr. Garth Illingworth and Dr. Marc Postman who offer a bit more context to the new images (see the above image much larger here).


Full Image Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team

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