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Hubble Photo Displays Galaxies From Early Universe

More than 12 billion years of cosmic history are shown in this unprecedented, panoramic, full-color view of thousands of galaxies in various stages of assembly

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a mosaic of images to reveal the most complete picture of the early universe, with thousands of galaxies in "various stages of assembly."

The U.S. space agency NASA said Tuesday that the farthest galaxies in the snapshot are seen as they appeared more than 13 billion years ago, or roughly 650 million years after the Big Bang - the massive explosion that many scientists believe formed our universe.

The Hubble picture displays the older, smaller galaxies together with closer, newer and more mature ones.

The result is a galactic family photo of sorts that portrays galaxies in various stages of evolution.

NASA says this is the most detailed picture of the universe yet in terms of clarity, accuracy and depth.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.