Want to see what 10,000 galaxies look like? NASA calls this the most colorful and most comprehensive image taken by Hubble Space Telescope. The image is part of a study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project.
The data from this project helps researchers better understand how stars are formed and how our universe is evolving.
From NASA and the European Space Agency:
The addition of ultraviolet data to the Hubble Ultra Deep Field using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 gives astronomers access to direct observations of regions of unobscured star formation and may help us to fully understand how stars formed. By observing at these wavelengths, researchers get a direct look at which galaxies are forming stars and, just as importantly, where the stars are forming. This enables astronomers to understand how galaxies like the Milky Way grew in size from small collections of very hot stars to the massive structures they are today.