The colossal scale of Antarctica’s landscape is staggering, even more so when seen from a helicopter dancing above it all. Yesterday my pilot pointed out an iceberg that looked so shallow from the sky, until we dropped down to hover next to it and checked his altimeter: 200 feet (or at least 30 stories high, to put it in American building terms). He hovered near a stunning ice cave in the side of the iceberg, before continuing onward to the glacial valleys.
This Is the Most Detailed Image of the Universe Ever Captured
NASA has just published the most detailed view of the Universe ever taken. It’s called the Extreme Deep Field—or XDF for short. It took ten years of Hubble Space Telescope photographs to make it and it shows some the oldest galaxies ever observed by humans, going 13.2 billion years back in time.
It’s a mindblowing, extremely humbling view. Not only for what it shows, but for what it doesn’t show. While this image contains about 5,500 galaxies, it only displays a tiny part of the sky, a ridiculously small slice of the Universe.