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Hubble Telescope Takes Most Colorful Photo Ever of The Evolving Universe

Hubble photograph

And it's full of stars; the picture above is just a segment of the whole thing. The photo, called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 image, is a composite of exposures taken by the Hubble Telescope from 2003 to 2012.

The scope of the photograph is simply gargantuan in scale. It captures over 10,000 galaxies, some of which are billions of light years away, extends back to within a few hundred millions of years of the big bang, and is presently regarded as "among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope."

Plus it makes for a great iPad parallax wallpaper.

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  1. That's so humbling and incredible.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 4, 2014 7:45:28 PM


  2. Yep, we are the only life in the universe...LOL

    Amazing pictures, it really is mind boggling...and it's impossible that Earth contains the only life in the Universe.

    Posted by: John | Jun 4, 2014 9:03:09 PM


  3. But, but - the universe is only 6,000 years old… how can something be billions of light years away??? WAHHHHHH !!!

    - signed an idiot creationist. (snark)

    Posted by: Tre | Jun 4, 2014 11:46:08 PM


  4. @TRE they claim in the past light traveled faster than it does now. They also created disturbing models of The Solar System to fit their primitive view that the Earth is the centre of the universe.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 5, 2014 12:16:17 AM


  5. I know it's probably not pointing at the "middle", but it does seem like theres a central swirling happening. Like a meta galaxy. Trippy.

    Posted by: DavidR | Jun 5, 2014 12:17:00 AM


  6. Ahh, SO beautiful. Never get tired of pics of the universe.

    Posted by: Red | Jun 5, 2014 4:00:07 AM


  7. WONDERFUL!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Jun 5, 2014 7:40:31 AM


  8. Poppycock! These are fabrications cobbled together from studio images - much like NASA'a so-called "moon" missions.

    Posted by: franklin | Jun 5, 2014 8:16:58 AM


  9. @franklin - studio images of galaxies? Cool. You must have a HUGE studio, those things are millions of light years across.

    Posted by: Edgar Carpenter | Jun 5, 2014 8:40:21 PM


  10. Life has to start somewhere. It's just as plausible that we are the first and it spreads out from us over the next 10 billion years. That's a lot of Lucy reruns

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Jun 5, 2014 8:50:45 PM


  11. Think THAT is more then plausible. But in 10 billion years we certainly will not be here. Wonder what or who will?

    Thinking evolution is "done" is as shortsighted as thinking the Earth is just 6,000 or so years old.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 6, 2014 7:15:45 AM


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