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Originally published June 5, 2014 at 7:36 AM | Page modified June 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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NASA snaps cosmic color portrait

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured our cosmos at its most colorful.


NASA video explains where the image was taken in the night sky

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WASHINGTON —

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured our cosmos at its most colorful.

A new NASA panorama looking deep and far into the universe for the first time includes ultraviolet light, which is normally not visible to the human eye. It shows up in the photo as bright baby blue with spinning galaxies, which are about 5 to 10 billion years old, not too old or young in cosmic terms.

The photo is a composite of more than 800 photos taken by Hubble and shows about 10,000 multi-colored galaxies.

Hubble astronomer Zolt Levay (zohlt lih-VAY') said by adding ultraviolet and infrared to the pictures, people can now see the universe in the broad spectrum of color "and then some."

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