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October 8, 1998 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-32

Hubble Goes to the Limit In Search Of Farthest Galaxies

A Space Science Update Release

October 8, 1998: Stretching the Hubble telescope's vision farther across space and further back into time than ever before, astronomers have peered into a previously unseen realm of the universe.

A "long-exposure" infrared image has uncovered the faintest galaxies ever seen. Astronomers believe some of these galaxies could be the farthest objects ever seen. A powerful new generation of telescopes will be needed to confirm the suspected distances. The picture on the left contains over 300 galaxies, which have spiral, elliptical, and irregular shapes. The two images on the right represent close-up views of objects that may be over 12 billion light-years away, the farthest galaxies ever seen. Each faraway galaxy is centered in the frame.

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Credit: Rodger I. Thompson (University of Arizona) and NASA