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  • 7 January 2014
  • NASA Great Observatories Team Up to Discover Ultra-Bright Young Galaxies
  • NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope joined forces to discover and characterize four unusually bright galaxies as they appeared more than 13 billion years ago, just 500 million years after the big bang. Although Hubble has previously identified galaxies at this early epoch, astronomers were surprised to find objects that are about 10 to 20 times more luminous than anything seen previously.
  • 5 April 2013
  • XDF Data Release 1.0
  • The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) team archived data products that include all optical and infrared data taken by Hubble covering the original Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) program.
  • 25 September 2012
  • Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe
  • Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe....
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exploring the origins of the first galaxies

Learn about the latest research in the area of the most distant galaxies. Start with reading about the early universe and then continue on with a discussion about the first galaxies. Then read about some of the latest results and see where we are headed with the next step

The Reionization Epoch: New Insights and Future Prospects - Aspen Center for Physics, March 6-12 2016

Invited talk given by Garth Illingworth at UT meeting "South By High Redshift" Austin, TX, April 1-3 2015

Download a PDF of the presentation

Surprisingly Luminous Galaxies!

Get information, press releases and images on the XDF/HUDF09 Team's latest results on the search for the highest redshift galaxies.

Press Briefing Info

XDF Project

Information on the XDF Project which combines 10 years of ACSWFC/WFC3IR Hubble Space Telescope images to create the deepest image ever taken of the universe.

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