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Lockman Hole galaxies, HSO image

Lockman Hole galaxies, HSO image

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Lockman Hole galaxies, Herschel Space Observatory (HSO) image. Almost every point of light here is a distant galaxy, observed by the HSO in the far-infrared region of the spectrum. The Lockman Hole is a region of the sky that is almost free of hydrogen gas absorption, allowing study of distant objects from the early history of the universe that would normally be obscured. It is located in the constellation of Ursa Major, with the most distant galaxies some 10 billion light years away. At this early point in time, the galaxies were much closer together than they are today. This image was published in 2010 by the HerMES project, using the HSO's SPIRE instrument.

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