Cosmic infrared background, Spitzer image

Cosmic infrared background, Spitzer image

R980/0229 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.1MB

Downloadable file size: 1.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Cosmic infrared background. This background infrared image was obtained by removing stars and galaxies from R980/228, an infrared image of a starfield in the constellation of Ursa Major. The radiation dates from a moment called "First Light", billions of years ago, around 400 million years after the Big Bang. At this point, the early universe had cooled enough to became transparent to radiation. The continued expansion of the universe stretched (red-shifted) this original light, so now it appears as infrared radiation. Yellow and white show the brightest points. Image obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), and published in 2006.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 2006, 21st century, anisotropy, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, background, background radiation, big bang, cosmic, cosmic infrared background, cosmological, cosmology, december, early, early universe, first light, from space, infrared, infrared array camera, ir, irac, origin, redshifted, satellite image, space, space telescope, spitzer space telescope, sst, universe, ursa major

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.