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Hubble Deep Field: How a Photo Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe
Hubble Deep Field: How a Photo Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe
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Hubble Deep Field: How a Photo Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe

A series of photos taken from space more than 20 years ago revealed thousands of unknown galaxies in a tiny patch of "empty" space. Called the Hubble Deep Field, the amazing image is made up of hundreds of photos combined into one. It was taken over the course of 10 days from the Hubble Space Telescope and has prompted astronomers and other scientists to speculate about universe's size, shape, and age. How long ago did the first galaxies appear? Have they always looked like they do today, or have their shapes evolved over time? And will they, along with the universe itself, go on expanding forever? The Hubble Deep Field has helped to answer some of these questions.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



The Planetary Society - Emily Lakdawalla

"...looks at the challenge and significance of the iconic 1995 Hubble photo showing countless galaxies in a bit of space that could be covered by a grain of sand held at arm's length. The book tells the story of Hubble (both the astronomer and the telescope), explains what the Deep Field was and why it was difficult to capture, and then guides the reader through the scientific and cultural impact of the photo. It goes on to describe the later Deep Field photos -- the Deep Field South (1998), Ultra Deep Field (2004), the Ultra Deep Field IR (2010), and the Extreme Deep Field (2012) -- and explains how each of these reached deeper into the history of the cosmos." - The Planetary Society

November 15, 2017

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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