This video is a zoom into the Hubble Space Telescope infrared Ultra Deep Field, first taken in 2009. It is a very small patch of sky in the southern constellation Fornax. The zoom centers on the farthest identified object in the field. The object, possibly a galaxy, looks red because its light has been stretched by the expansion of the universe. Credit: NASA/ESA/G. Bacon, STScI
The Hubble Space Telescope has been pushed to its limits, finding the most distant object known to man, almost as old as the universe itself.
The object is nearly 13.2 billion light years away near the edge of the early universe, almost the beginning of time itself.
The galaxy doesn’t look like the galaxies in our modern universe billions of years later. Instead, its shape suggests it was formed by gas trapped in a pocket of dark matter.