Spitzer and Hubble find 'Big Baby' galaxy in the early Universe - NICMOS view
Date: 27 September 2005
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Hubble Ultra Deep Field, HUDF, HUDF-JD2
Copyright: Credit NASA, ESA, B. Mobasher (Space Telescope Science Institute and the European Space Agency)
This image demonstrates how data from two space observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, are used to identify one of the most distant galaxies ever seen. This galaxy is unusually massive for its youthful age of 800 million years. (After the Big Bang, the Milky Way by comparison, is approximately 13 billion years old.)
The galaxy was detected using Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). But at near-infrared wavelengths it is very faint and red.
Last Update: 1 September 2019