Incredible photo: Scientists piece together the “fossil record” of the Milky Way galaxy

April 10, 2015 4:48 AM

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Thanks to lots and lots of time using the Hubble Space Telescope — and an upgrade in 2009 that added a boffo new widefield camera — astronomers have taken their deepest look yet at parts of the night sky.

This illustration depicts a view of the night sky from a hypothetical planet within the youthful Milky Way galaxy 10 billion years ago. The heavens are ablaze with star birth. (Credit: NASA, ESA and Z. Levay / STScI.)

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