Fourth of a million galaxies can be seen on the stunning panoramic image of Hubble Space Telescope. The researchers put together a single picture of the 7500 recordings of Hubble’s 265,000 galaxies. The picture contains observations of 16 years. Some of the galaxies are so far away that their light has been on the planet for over 13 billion years. So they can be seen from the age when space was only 0.5 billion years old. Thus, the panorama image shows the history of galaxy formation up to the present day.
Garth Illingworth, a researcher at the University of California, head of the panoramic image team, said that much more distant galaxies could be mapped than in the largest data collection ever.
“No image will surpass it until the new space telescopes, including James Webb, start working,” the expert said.
The panoramic image was named Hubble Legacy Field, referring to three earlier projects in which the space telescope looked further away in the cosmos. The farther the astronomers can see in space, the more they can discover the cosmic past. Before the Hubble began in 1990, terrestrial telescopes were able to capture galaxies at a distance of up to seven billion light-years away, halfway to the big bang, said the Information Center.