Distant galaxy core in the Hubble GOODS North field

This image shows observations of a newly discovered galaxy core dubbed GOODS-N-774, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. The core is marked by the box inset, overlaid on a section of the Hubble GOODS-N, or GOODS North, field (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey).

This is the first time that a galaxy has been spotted in this stage of formation — a very early stage where the dense galactic core is still furiously churning out newborn stars. GOODS-N-774 is seen here as it appeared eleven billion years ago, just three billion years after the Big Bang.

After this stage, galaxies like this are thought to build up from the inside out, expanding outwards via mergers with other smaller galaxies to become the giant quiescent elliptical galaxies we see in the nearby Universe.

Credit:

NASAESA, and E. Nelson (Yale University, USA)

About the Image

Id:heic1418b
Type:Observation
Release date:27 August 2014, 19:00
Related releases:heic1418
Size:2845 x 1945 px

About the Object

Name:GOODS North Field, GOODS-N-774
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos

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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
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1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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