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DEEP FIELD

The comment on the Hubble web-site refers to the picture below as: This high-resolution image of the HUDF includes galaxies of various  ages, sizes, shapes, and colors. The smallest, reddest galaxies, of  which there are approximately 10,000, are some of the most distant  galaxies to have been imaged by an optical telescope, probably existing  shortly after the Big Bang

 

The above was not as expected. The aperture had been set to produce a very small snapshot image of whatever was there, but was at the extreme range calculated to be near the expanding edge of the universe. The Quote was about the width of a dime 75 feet away.

The expected view was a field of random material with some movement towards gas and dust clouds on their way to becoming stars in their distant futures. What was found was a star field similar to our own in that stars, galaxies and nebulae fill the field of view. Galaxies are visible from simple clusters through lenticular spirals to massive systems with a spiral form just visible.

Such similarity to our own night sky implies that the view is in no way a view back into the time of the Big Bang instead it could be contemporary to this work, the mix of old and new stuff is so similar to the current view of the night sky no evolution is discernible