Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014
Posted on 06/05/2014 3:59:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Galaxies like colorful pieces of candy fill the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014. The dimmest galaxies are more than 10 billion times fainter than stars visible to the unaided eye and represent the Universe in the extreme past, a few 100 million years after the Big Bang. The image itself was made with the significant addition of ultraviolet data to the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, an update of Hubble's famous most distant gaze toward the southern constellation of Fornax. It now covers the entire range of wavelengths available to Hubble's cameras, from ultraviolet through visible to near-infrared. Ultraviolet data adds the crucial capability of studying star formation in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field galaxies between 5 and 10 billion light-years distant.
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[Credit: NASA, ESA, H.Teplitz and M.Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst(ASU), Z. Levay (STScI)]
Totally awesome...and amazing.
As they say on TV, every speck you see is another galaxy.
Looks a lot like Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2013.
Starting my day by viewing the HUD... bound to be a great one! God’s Creation is so magnificent, so utterly beyond my comprehension... really puts whatever tasks and problems I may face in perspective. Thank you!!
Wonder if they have any liberals...
Although you can look at this image, and recognize what it is, the content itself is literally beyond human ability to imagine.
I still cannot understand how all matter comes from a point in space.
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Astronomers selected this portion of the sky for their very long exposure precisely because of the near-total absence of intervening objects. Its point was to discover just how many very faint and distant galaxies really exist. Every tiny faint color-spot is an entire galaxy, averaging two hundred billion stars each!
Ah... So. Thank you for pointing the other two out. I was so dazzled by the one
I posted that I stopped looking for others.
So there is a “little” window through which we are able to see all those galaxies
out there, but the rainbow lens effects are from stars much closer to home here.
Again, thank you.
What seems incomprehensible about that? Of course, there is nothing even remotely similar in our personal experiences, but we grasp things all the time that we haven't gone through ourselves.
In roughest terms, imagine a grenade exploding, with its contents radiating out in an expanding sphere.
So, what's troubling? Its improbability? Its immensity? How all space and matter could begin in an infinitesimally small volume? The fact that a seemingly highly-ordered universe is its result?
Thanks for posting. Surely this remains as the single most wonderful photograph ever taken, and its enhancements keep making it even better!
This is it. I don't understand the physics.
In my small mind, the 'Big Bang' was either:
1. a 'leak' from another dimension
2. the finger of God
Agreed. I am in awe. I've read Hawkings, 'A brief history of time' but it never get to how much matter can be compressed to a singularity.
“10 billion light-years”
Just a second, let me wrap my mind around the concept of ten billion light years.
There, got it.
Everybody believes me, right?
“So, what’s troubling?”
Where did it come from?
“Every tiny faint color-spot is an entire galaxy, averaging two hundred billion stars each!”
Not trying to be clever, but I had the impression that some of the spots were clusters of galaxies. Or does Hubble have the power to resolve even those into their discreet galaxies?
Very interesting. Thanks again.
Astrophysicists and cosmologists are in near-universal agreement that the hot big bang model is correct. When you hear of developments, they're in the order of refinements, not changes.
A beginning implies a transcendant Beginner. These same scientists routinely acknowledge that (and astronomers are theists in great proportion and almost uniformly at least deists), but they often desperately cast about looking futilely for alternatives.
In other words, your surmise as to God's involvement is entirely correct. It's been proven and acknowledged scientifically that there was an intelligent Creator, but most scientists and journalists aren't eager to publicize that.
For one example--and this is just one example of many hundreds of scientifically proven evidences for intelligent and purposeful design--the mass-density of the universe at three minutes after the Big Bang ranks as the most exquisite proof of God's fine-tuning. By three minutes after the creation event, as the infant universe was expanding at enormous velocity and rapidly cooling, only hydrogen atoms existed. As the universe expanded and cooled from roughly 200 billion degrees down to about 18 billion, a portion of those hydrogen atoms fused into helium atoms. If too little helium formed, then the universe's continuing expansion would have prevented galaxies from forming; whereas if too much helium had formed, then only black holes would have resulted. In neither case would life of any kind ever had been possible.
With me so far? Here's the clincher: the rate of helium formation depended on how quickly the universe cooled, because helium fusion was only possible in that temperature range. The universe's expansion-rate determined the cooling rate, and the expansion rate depended on the total mass of the universe: obviously, a "heavier" object explodes, and cools, more slowly than a lighter one. What scientists have discovered is, if the universe's mass had been greater or lesser by just the mass of one of our dimes, then we'd either have no galaxies at all or else only black holes. That's how finely-tuned God crafted our universe.
If you're interested in learning more, please visit www.Reasons.org, the website of Reasons to Believe, founded and run by Christian astrophysicist and minister Dr. Hugh Ross. You'll find it, I think, well worth your time. Dr. Ross has authored over a dozen books on this and related subjects, including: Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Creation and Time, Creation as Science, Beyond the Cosmos, The Fingerprint of God, The Genesis Question, and most recently Navigating Genesis.
And, if you'd like to discuss it further with me here, I'd be glad to try helping. I imagine that you, as the Father of Five, feel the need not only for personal understanding but also for the ability to guide and educate those of whom you're obviously so proud. That's how God feels about us.
I, too, needed a way to try to picture a billion. I finally found it when I realized that my heart beats one billion times about every thirty years. Currently, I'm at about 2.2 billion.
Light travels at 186,300 miles per second, more or less. So a light-minute is 60 times 186,300, a light-hour x 3,600, a light-day x 86,400, and a light-year x 31,536,000. So, a light-year is about 5.9 trillion miles, and 10 billion light-years is 5.9 sextillion miles. I'm just going to pace that off--I'll be right back.
I have studied the 'Big Bang' and all the problems with a secular explanation - clumping, the need for 'dark matter' and on and on.
I have never seen a lucid secular explanation of how all the matter in the universe could come from the head of a pin
God. Please see my post #23.
Interesting point. Obviously there are several prominent galaxy clusters in the foreground. I clicked on the direct NASA link a while ago and then zoomed in as far as my browser would go, and by then I thought I was beginning to see individual pixels, so I may have been approaching the practical limits of magnification.
Some of those faintest glimmers no doubt were indeed clusters. I wasn't thinking about that at the time, but now that you've mentioned it I'll go back and look for them. But I'm quite sure you're correct.
Well said. Me, neither.
“God. Please see my post #23.”
Yeah, I’m good with that. I just wanted to get an answer from the God-deniers.
Flushing them from cover!
“I’m just going to pace that off”
Are you back yet?
It’s a process.
Just thought this was very cool. A video of the sun from the space station. When the space station orbits parallel with the terminator, the sun never sets.
Check it out!
Zoom and pan of Hubble's colourful view of the Universe