Hubble Deep Fields

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The series of images for five different epochs starts from left in a clockwise direction. Following is a brief description for each one.

HUDF The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) has provided the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light (see picture on the left). It shows a sampling of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, when the universe was about 700 million years old (5 percent of its present age). The field is studded with a wide range of galaxies of various sizes, shapes, and colors. In vibrant contrast to the image's rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, there is a zoo of oddball galaxies littering the field. Some look like toothpicks, others like links on a bracelet. A few galaxies appear to be interacting. This new view is actually two separate images taken by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-object Spectrometer (NICMOS). They took the image during 3 months (from September

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24, 2003, to January 16, 2004) at the same spot, the HUDF is four times more sensitive, in some colors, than the original Hubble Deep Field (HDF) taken in 1995 and 1998.