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January 15, 1996 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1996-01

Hubble's Deepest View of the Universe Unveils Bewildering Galaxies across Billions of Years

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 15, 1996: 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 dime 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 1,500galaxies at various stages of evolution.

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Credit: R. Williams (STScI), the Hubble Deep Field Team and NASA