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  • Yesterday I found this on an astronomy blog. The picture is a result of a 4.1 meter telescope at the equator exposed to the same patch of sky for 55 hours. The original picture is 250 Mb, and I would encourage everyone to download it and really look at it. It's breathtakingly beautiful, and can make you feel astonishingly small. Other than the bright blue stars, most of these objects are full galaxies, upwards of 200,000 of them in this image. And this image represents 0.004% of the observable sky.

    This image is infrared, which means red colors are further away from us. Some of the red dots in this picture are galaxies that are so distant, we are seeing light from shortly after the Big Bang. Here is the only means of time travel we've discovered yet, and we're seeing billions of years into the past.

    On one hand this can make you feel incredibly small. On the other, you can also realize that you are made of the same stuff as what you're looking at, and you can feel a connection to an unimaginable vastness.

    Image credit: ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU
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