Hubble Deep Field in Infrared

Two close-up NICMOS views of candidate objects which may be over 12 billion light-years away. Each candidate is centered in the frame. The reddish colour may mean all of the starlight has been stretched to infrared wavelengths by the universe's expansion. Alternative explanations are that the objects are closer to us, but the light has been reddened by dust scattering. A new generation of telescopes will be needed to make follow-up observations capable of establishing true distance.


Rodger I. Thompson (University of Arizona), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:8 October 1998, 17:00
Size:300 x 300 px

About the Object

Name:HDF, Hubble Deep Field
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy
Constellation:Ursa Major

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Position (RA):12 36 45.40
Position (Dec):62° 12' 2.13"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 37.1° right of vertical

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