Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day we feature a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

September 7, 1995
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Distant Galaxies
Credit: NASA, STScI, Rogier Windhorst and Simon Driver (Arizona State University), Bill Keel (University of Alabama)

Explanation: This Hubble Space Telescope image of a group of faint galaxies "far, far away" is a snap shot of the Universe when it was young. The bluish, irregularly shaped galaxies revealed in the image are up to eight billion light years away and seem to have commonly undergone galaxy collisions and bursts of star formation. Studying these objects is difficult because they are so faint, however they may provide clues to how our own Milky Way Galaxy formed.

Tomorrow's picture: The Milky Way's Center

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