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Hubble Captures New Awe-Inspiring Picture Of The Universe

04/06/2014 08:48 BST | Updated 04/06/2014 08:59 BST

Hubble's latest image of the universe is big, and we mean really big. So unbelievably big in fact that you won't even be able to comprehend just how big....you get the picture.

This incredible image isn't just big, it's also what NASA is calling 'the most colourful image of the Universe' to date, and you have to admit, it is stunning.

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The picture is actually a patchwork of different images take between 2003 and 2012 with exposure times of over 600 hours making this more than your average snap of the beach.

Hubble actually orbited the Earth 841 times whilst taking the image allowing it to create a view of the universe that contains over 10,000 galaxies.

This incredible image isn't just for making your desktop pretty though, in fact it's part of a new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field which hopes to fill in a small 5 billion light year gap in researchers' knowledge during the formation of the universe.

Despite having huge swathes of information on the big bang, principal investigator on the study Harry Teplitz of Caltech explains they actually still know very little about the 'early years'.

"The lack of information from ultraviolet light made studying galaxies in the HUDF like trying to understand the history of families without knowing about the grade-school children, the addition of the ultraviolet fills in this missing range."