Hubble Team Releases Most Colorful View of The Universe

Posted on June 4, 2014

Hubble most colorful view of the Universe

Astronomers have released a new comprehensive image of the evolving universe that contains the most colorful space images ever captured with the Hubble Space Telescope. The image is a composite of separate exposures acquired by the ACS/SBC, ACS/WFC, WFC3/UVIS and WFC3/IR instruments. It combines separate observations taken in ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. Hues were assigned to each monochromatic image from 13 different filters. The image show over 10,000 galaxies.

Harry Teplitz of Caltech in Pasadena, California says in a statement, "The lack of information from ultraviolet light made studying galaxies in the HUDF like trying to understand the history of families without knowing about the grade-school children. The addition of the ultraviolet fills in this missing range."

You can view larger versions of the image here and here. The video below zooms into a small patch of sky in the constellation Fornax.

A NASA press release about the new image can be found here.

Image: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)