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Hubble's NICMOS view
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- Title Hubble's NICMOS view
- Released 27/09/2005 3:35 pm
- Copyright NASA/ESA/ B. Mobasher (STSI and ESA)
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 13 000 million 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.