By Staff Middle Land 5:19 pm PST


This 3D visualization shows about 5,000 galaxies within a small portion of the CEERS (Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science) survey made by the Webb Space Telescope, which collected data from a region known as the Extended Groth Belt. As the camera moves away from our vantage point, each second is equivalent to traveling 200 million light-years into the data set, and seeing 200 million more years into the past. The appearance of the galaxies changes, reflecting the fact that the most distant objects are seen earlier in the universe, when galaxies were less developed. The video ends at the Maisie Galaxy, which formed only 390 million years ago.

Music: Spring Morning, Maarten Schellekens CC BY-NC 4.0

Frank Summers (STScI), Greg Bacon (STScI), Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Leah Hustak (STScI), Joseph Olmsted (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

Steve Finkelstein (UT Austin), Rebecca Larson (RIT), Micaela Bagley (UT Austin)

Maarten Schellekens