Dr Van Dokkum said astronomers hope to expand the multi-wavelength range of the images NASA's planned Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope which will allow it to explore an even wider area of space than HLF.
Although some of these galaxies are reduced to tiny points of light, it's because they are only one ten-billionth of their actual brightness.
Final credit for the conglomeration of these images goes to NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz) and G. Bacon (STScI). "No image will surpass this one until future space telescopes like James Webb are launched." .More news: Turk hurt in Christchurch terror attacks dies, NZ death toll at 51
Since then, astronauts have flown out to Hubble several times to make repairs, upgrade cameras, and install new hardware, improving the observatory's view of deep space.
The HLF image contains 100 times as many galaxies as the previous deep field surveys partly because it covers a wider view from Earth that is nearly the width of the Earth's Moon. With that in mind, astronomers have produced that they're calling the Hubble Legacy Field, which is a combination of images that does an outstanding job of showing us just how much detail the cherished telescope is capable of detecting.
"Hubble has spent more time on this small area than on any other region of the sky", the press release said.
"One exciting aspect of these new images is the large number of sensitive color channels now available to view distant galaxies, especially in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum", said Dr. Rychard Bouwens, an astronomer at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Most of these galaxies look a whole lot different right now - their light's taken thousands, millions, and sometimes billions of years to reach us.More news: Fani Leaves Trail of Destruction, Kills More Than a Dozen
Like watching individual frames of a motion picture, the Hubble deep surveys reveal the emergence of structure in the nascent universe and the subsequent dynamic stages of galaxy evolution. Galaxies also show when the chemical elements originated and enable the conditions that eventually led to the emergence of life.
"Astronomers can select the data in the Legacy Field they want and work with it immediately, as opposed to having to perform a huge amount of data reduction before conducting scientific analysis".
"Such exquisite high-resolution measurements of the numerous galaxies in this catalog enable a wide swath of extragalactic study", said Dr. Katherine Whitaker, an astronomer at the University of CT, in Storrs.
'The Hubble Space Telescope has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy, ' a statement on the Telescope says.
"Our goal was to assemble all 16 years of exposures into a legacy image", explained Dan Magee, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the team's data processing lead.More news: Steubenville-area health officials urge measles protection