We want to thank NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for making so many discoveries, but we can’t even count them on our fingers. Scientists have made such strides in the space sector only because of Hubble’s discoveries.
The powerful space observatory recently captured the biggest near-infrared image ever. This will allow astronomers to map the universe’s star-forming areas and discover about the origins of the most distant galaxies. Even after being in operation for over 30 years, the telescope continues to amaze people all around the globe.
“It has sparked a renaissance in the study of how galaxies have developed over the last 10 billion years.” Lamiya Mowla, the lead author of the study stated.
The 3D-DASH programme offers researchers with a comprehensive near-infrared survey of the COSMOS region. This is one of the most data-rich areas for interstellar studies far beyond Milky Way.
DASH paints a picture 8 times bigger than Hubble’s standard field of view by taking lots of shots which are then attached together into one master mosaic, much like taking a panoramic picture on a smartphone.
Nearly 6 times as much space is covered by 3D-DASH as seen from Earth as the bright moon. This record is unlikely to be broken by Hubble’s successor JWST, which is designed to capture minute details in a small region with delicate close-up images.