Hubble studies compact galaxies loaded with stars

These images taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show nine compact, ultra-dense galaxies as they appeared 11 billion years ago.

The galaxies are only 5,000 light-years across and yet are 200 billion times more massive than the Sun. They are a fraction of the size of today's grownup galaxies but contain the same number of stars. Each galaxy could fit inside the central hub of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer snapped these images between June 2006 and June 2007.


NASA, ESA, P. van Dokkum (Yale University), M. Franx (Leiden University, The Netherlands), and G. Illingworth (University of California and Lick Observatory, Santa Cruz)

About the Image

NASA caption
Release date:29 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0811
Size:2500 x 2500 px

About the Object

Name:1030-1813, 1030-2559, 1256-0, 1256-142, 1256-1967, ECDFS-11490, ECDFS-5856, HDFS1-1849, HDFS2-2046
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy

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1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope

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