What Happened When NASA Pointed The Hubble Telescope at Nothing

NASA celebrated The Hubble telescope’s 25th year this weekend. Many of the most iconic space imagery were created by pointing the Hubble Telescope at known planets, clusters, stars and nebula.
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However, in 2003 scientists took a risk with their much sought after use of the Hubble eye. In an attempt to see past the known and to see the light from the furthest reaches of our universe, the Hubble was pointed toward a small patch of the night sky within the constellation Ursa Major or the Big Dipper, shown in my photograph below, that had no bright stars to block its view. Essentially they pointed it at the darkest spot in the sky they could find.
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The task was relatively simple, what happens when you point one of the worlds most powerful telescope at nothing?
As is the usual with science and curiosity, something amazing happened. The image below is what showed up after the Hubble finished its time pointed at nothing. Almost all you see are not stars, but entire galaxies. Each one their own entity just like our Milky Way with hundreds of thousands of stars some of them thousands of times bigger than our planet, our sun and our galaxy. Each one unique and mysterious and beautiful.
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Hubble has continued this theme pointing its lens in other low density bright star areas and have created the Ultra Deep Field, an even grander depiction of the same concept below.UltraDeepField

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