another awe-inspiring astronomy image

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Usually when I post something on this subject, I find that Phil Plait already put it on Bad Astronomy blog months ago. It’s probably true in this case, but here it is. A Japanese telescope on Hawaii’s Mt. Mauna Kea looks deep into the early universe. That’s looking 12.8 billion light years away in a universe that’s 13.5 to 14 billion years old. Click on the image for a big view that will knock your socks off unless you’re wearing shoes, in which case your shoes may fly off. My friend Doug tells me this image captures an area of our sky about the size of the full moon, a fact which knocks my underwear off, if I think about multiplying the size of the image to encompass the entire sky.

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