It Has Always Been Full Of Stars

The eXtreme Deep Field is a Hubble project that compiles all the pictures of galaxies taken by the Hubble's cameras over a very narrow field, and creates an image like that above. It's called Deep Field because of the depth of space these images can reach. The furthest galaxy seen in the above image is 13.2 billion years old. Keep in mind the universe itself is only 13.7 billion years old. This image nearly looks to the edge of time, the very perimetre of existance itself.

How narrow a slice of space does this image cover? Something like this:

Everything in the top image is contained within that little box just under the moon. And everything within that top image is a galaxy. Not a star, but a collection of stars and nebula and pulsars and black holes thousands of light years wide, containing billions of stars. And, as we've recently learned, planets are very common in orbit around stars within our own galaxy, no reason to think otherwise elsewhere. So, from sure a small keyhole of the surrounding void, we are looking at the entire history of the universe, with the potential trillions of trillions of possible worlds.

Remember that line from Contact, "I'd say if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space."

Hit the jump for a video simulation that flies us through the untold distances of the Deep Field.

Via Geekologie.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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