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April 9th, 2008

Filed under: Cosmos — newseditor @ 6:18 am

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One peek into a small part of the sky, one giant leap back in time. The Hubble telescope has provided mankind’s deepest, most detailed visible view of the universe.

Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the Hubble Deep Field image covers a speck of the sky only about the width of a coin 75 feet away. Though the field is a very small sample of the heavens, it is considered representative of the typical distribution of galaxies in space, because the universe, statistically, looks largely the same in all directions. Gazing into this small field, Hubble uncovered a bewildering assortment of at least 1,500 galaxies at various stages of evolution.

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3 Comments

  1. news that astronomers have found a planet a bit like ours in Leo constellation…dern….cant remember how to speel that…..it is larger than earth and much closer to its cooling sun. Can’t remember where I read that…..it was today though.

    Comment by Astro Nomer — April 10, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

  2. News release on the new planet in Leo:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080409113958.htm

    Comment by newseditor — April 10, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  3. has anyone else noticed when looking at the stars, that they seem to shift to the right or left…or is that my occular muscle problem?

    Comment by di Arama — May 14, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

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