This video is a zoom into a small patch of sky in the constellation Fornax. This is the target area for the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which was first observed in 2003. The low density of bright foreground stars in this region of the heavens allows astronomers to clearly view approximately 10,000 dimmer, more distant galaxies. This latest image combines separate observations taken in ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. The composite yields the most colorful view of the far universe to date. It yields new clues to the birth rate of stars over the universe's 13-billion-year history.
Publication: June 3, 2014