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  Telescope sees start of universe
Updated 10 March 2004, 09.27
A spiral galaxy side on with an unusual blue galaxy
A telescope orbiting the earth has taken pictures that show galaxies and stars so far away they reveal secrets about the birth of the universe.

The very powerful Hubble telescope stared at a small patch of space over four months and saw the first galaxies from 13 billion years ago.

Because light takes time to reach it, and the galaxies are far away, Hubble can see things in the distant past.

Scientists hope to follow up Hubble's discoveries with new space telescopes.

A spiral galaxy
A spiral galaxy seen by hubble
Nasa scientists describe the hubble Ultra Deep Field pictures as "just beautiful, rich, with many different, intriguing things."

The patch of sky it looked at, the constellation Fornax, appears empty from Earth.

Scientists say the galaxies revealed by hubble are very different to the galaxies we see today, because the universe was so chaotic then.

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