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Hubble's latest deep field imagery is the most colorful picture of the universe we've ever taken

Sean Buckley, @seaniccus
June 6, 2014
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Want to feel amazed, isolated and inspired all at the same time? Look to the stars. From here on Earth, space seems like an endless empty void -- but anybody familiar with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope know things look a bit more lively from orbit. For the last decade, the orbiting machinery has been snapping photos of deep space, giving us stunning views of stars and galaxies far beyond our reach. This week NASA released the telescope's most recent composite image: the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 (pictured above). It's gorgeous, stunning and a tad overwhelming. NASA says it's also made up of the most colorful deep space images ever captured.

Like the deep field images before it, this latest picture is actually a composite of shots taken from 2003 through 2012 (previous composites ended at 2009). These images were used to study star birth in deep space, filtered through Hubble's near-infrared capabilities. Still, researchers wanted more, and have imbued the telescope's latest imagery with ultraviolet light data, creating the vibrant display of stars you see above. It's more than just a gorgeous view, however -- images like are important to NASA's plans for the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble's successor. Hungry for more details? Check out the full resolution image at Hubblesite at the source link below, or check out the underlying video.

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