NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured one of the largest panoramic views of star birth in the distant universe. The image featured about 15,000 galaxies of which 12,000 are forming stars. The data from the Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to build an incredible map of the evolutionary history of universe.
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“Hubble’s Space Telescope ultraviolet vision opens a new window on the evolving universe,” NASA in a statement said.
The light from different galaxies takes very long to reach earth. This image lets astronomers look back and track stars being born over the last 11 billion years and features some 15,000 galaxies and stars are forming in about 80 per cent of them.
Researchers from the Space Telescope Science Institute in the US said: “This can help us study what happened about three billion years after the big bang. The image straddles the gap between the very distant galaxies, which can only be viewed in infrared light, and closer galaxies, it can be seen across a broad spectrum”.
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By comparing images of star formation in the distant and nearby in universe, astronomers collect a better understanding of how nearby galaxies grew from young stars long ago.
This isn’t the first time Hubble has provided astronauts with such panoramic image. Earlier, in 2014, it showed a similar kind of picture. However, the present image shows an area 14 times larger than the previous one.