Distant galaxies in the GOODS North survey

This is a portion of a deep sky Hubble Space Telescope survey called GOODS North (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey). The view is a composite of images taken in visible and near-infrared light. Researchers have circled four unusually red objects that appear as they existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang. They appear red because their light has been stretched to longer infrared wavelengths by the expansion of the Universe. These extremely compact and bright galaxies present a puzzle to researchers because they are much more luminous than anything previously seen at such an early epoch. The young galaxies are bright because they are forming stars at a much faster rate than for other galaxies found at such early times.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz; Yale University), R. Bouwens and I. Labbé (Leiden University), and the Science Team

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1405a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 2014, 12:47
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:GOODS North Field
Type:• Early Universe : Cosmology
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
Y
1.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
JH
1.4 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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