"With images at so many frequencies, we can dissect the light from galaxies into the contributions from old and young stars, as well as active galactic nuclei". Hubble pointed to a small patch of sky over 10 days in December of that year, producing 100 hours of total exposure time (like leaving the shutter open on your camera).
Scientists note that deep-field views of galaxies like these help them to trace the expansion of the universe to develop an understanding of the physics of the cosmos. According to NASA, no image will surpass the Hubble Legacy Field until the next generation of space telescopes are launched. The mosaic of images seen here document 16 years of observations for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The new portrait, a mosaic of multiple snapshots, covers nearly the width of the full Moon, and chronicles the universe's evolutionary history in one sweeping view.
The Hubble telescope has captured a dazzling new photograph of a spiral galaxy, NGC 2903.
"Such exquisite high-resolution measurements of the numerous galaxies in this catalog enable a wide swath of extragalactic study", Katherine Whitaker, catalog lead researcher and a physicist at the University of CT, said in the statement.
This graphic reveals close-up images of 15 galaxies from the 265,000 galaxies in the Hubble Legacy Field.
Like watching individual frames of a motion picture, the Hubble deep surveys reveal the emergence of structure in the nascent universe and the subsequent dynamic stages of galaxy evolution.
Van Dokkum said astronomers hope to broaden the multi-wavelength range of the HLF images to include longer-wavelength infrared data and high-energy X-ray observations from two other members of the NASA Great Observatories program: the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Below, you can explore the full-size Hubble image. The galaxy was received "Hubble" to study the Central regions 145 a nearby spiral galaxies.