The first ultra-deep, ultra-wide field view of the Universe heralded what the 2010s would bring.
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” –Edgar Allan Poe
From any point on Earth’s surface, a clear night sky reveals a treasure trove of stars and deep-sky objects.
Through a powerful telescope, billions of objects become visible, from stars and nebulae to the galaxies beyond our own.
With the success of the Hubble deep fields in revealing distant, hitherto unseen galaxies, 2010 brought a new camera and a new ambition.
The installation of the Wide Field Camera 3 enabled simultaneously large, deep views of space as never before.
The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS) began with this 2010 mosaic, which stitched together hundreds of images in visible and infrared light.
Bright objects with diffraction spikes are stars within our own galaxy; everything else imaged is a galaxy beyond our own.
The largest-appearing galaxies aren’t intrinsically big, but rather are close, appearing larger on the sky.
The bluest galaxies house intense star formation, while the reddest galaxies appear so because the expanding Universe stretches the light’s wavelength.
Although over 7,500 galaxies were uncovered in this mosaic, over ten times as many are likely yet to be seen.
The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will reveal the Universe even more deeply.
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