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ESO's VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light. This new picture of an unremarkable patch of sky comes from the UltraVISTA survey and reveals more than 200 000 galaxies. It forms just one part of a huge collection of fully processed images from all the VISTA surveys that is now being made available by ESO to astronomers worldwide. UltraVISTA is a treasure trove that is being used to study distant galaxies in the early Universe as well as for many other science projects.
ESO’s VISTA telescope has been trained on the same patch of sky repeatedly to slowly accumulate the very dim light of the most distant galaxies. In total more than six thousand separate exposures with a total effective exposure time of 55 hours, taken through five different coloured filters, have been combined to create this picture. This image from the UltraVISTA survey is the deepest infrared view of the sky of its size ever taken.
This video offers a zoom on UltraVISTA — the widest deep view of the sky ever taken using infrared light. The sequence starts with view of most of the sky. We zoom towards the faint constellation of Sextans (The Sextant) and then close in on a much-studied region of sky called the COSMOS field. The final very detailed infrared view comes from the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.
Originally posted by RooskiZombi
Amazing! Just amazing!
Is it crazy that every time I look at videos/pictures of space, I always look for alien crafts?
take meeeeeeeee hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!!!!!!
Originally posted by TimesUp
And some people actually think that there is nothing out there but rocks...
We have lifeforms living at the bottom of highly toxic lakes and miles under the ice caps but there is just no way that there could be ANYTHING out there?
Originally posted by longjohnbritches
reply to post by elevenaugust
I love deep space photos. I hope these are enhanced like some of the nebula ones from hubble.
But I am having trouble getting anything to appear on my monitor.
Maybe there is to much data in the files. All I get is the windows with a little red x. I am a computer nerd. Can you make a suggestion that might help me see these beauties?
Cancel, they are appearing slowly nowedit on 21-3-2012 by longjohnbritches because: cancel