Ultra Deep Field
The Ultra Deep Field project of Hubble Space Telescope just keeps making discoveries. Last month, it was the most distant galaxy in the universe, while today it is the discovery of no less than seven primitive galaxies that researchers think date back to the dawn of the universe itself. Which makes them, for those of you playing at home, pretty darn old.
13.2 billion light-years away resides what could very well be the most distant object ever seen in the universe. Caught in Hubble's 2009 Ultra Deep Field snapshot, the infant galaxy appears red due to the stretching of photons caused by the universe's continuing expansion. The galaxy pictured was formed just 480 million years after the Big Bang, and is 100 times smaller than our own Milky Way.