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The Hubble Ultra Deep Field
is is the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos.

The snapshot includes galaxies of various ages, sizes, shapes, and colors. The smallest, reddest galaxies, about 100, may be among the most distant known, existing when the universe was just 800 million years old. The nearest galaxies — the larger, brighter, well-defined spirals and ellipticals — thrived about 1 billion years ago, when the cosmos was about 13 billion years old.

In contrast to the rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, there is a zoo of oddball galaxies littering the field. Some look like toothpicks; others like links on a bracelet. A few appear to be interacting. These oddball galaxies are portraits from a period when the universe was younger and more chaotic. Order and structure were just beginning to emerge.

IMAGE CREDIT: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team