PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Our knowledge of the universe is growing and it has people in Peekskill excited.
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope.
Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides the missing link in star formation. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 image is a composite of separate exposures taken in 2003 to 2012 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3.
Astronomers previously studied the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) in visible and near-infrared light in a series of images captured from 2003 to 2009. The HUDF shows a small section of space in the southern-hemisphere constellation Fornax.
Now, using ultraviolet light, astronomers have combined the full range of colors available to Hubble, stretching all the way from ultraviolet to near-infrared light. The resulting image -- made from 841 orbits of telescope viewing time -- contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, extending back in time to within a few hundred million years of the big bang.
"It's interesting," Victoria Vanz said. "Though I have an animosity toward astronomy since it's the one subject I failed."
Victoria Markouizos said she found the findings to be incredible.
"It's what you can do with technology," Makrouizos said. "We have a lot to learn."
Glenn Tompkins, an astronomy buff, said he is excited by the Hubble findings.
"I am encouraged we will be able to see even more," Tompkins said. "The Hubble is doing what it's supposed to do."