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Deepest Photo Of Space

Published June 28, 2016
This recent photo is NASA's and the world's deepest photo of space and the universe so far.
This photograph of space being the "deepest" ever means it contains objects further away from Earth than any objects photographed so far. The photo was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which focused on a small patch of space during an exposure time of several days (which was necessary since the objects are so faint).

The image contains thousands of galaxies, including one called GN-z11 that lies 13.4 billion light years from us. This means we see the galaxy as it was 13.4 billion years ago, since it has taken the light from the galaxy that long to get to Earth and Hubble. So we see back in time, and we see Gn-z11 as it was "only" 400 million years after the Big Bang, when the age of the universe was 3 % of its current. If you want to see the image in full resolution, click here.

This new photo replaces, among others, the earlier Hubble photograph Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) as the deepest yet of the universe.
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