Let’s talk history shifting firsts. What would have it been like to see a car for the first time? Or to fly in the first airplane? Or to witness the discovery of the Titanic?

It’s fair to say we are witnessing a lot of history shifting firsts these days, and today we reflect on one of these more modern and monumental moments. This story revolves around a very special image.

Image: The Hubble Deep Field image picturing distant galaxies looking back 12 billion years

Source: Hubblesite

If a picture is worth 1000 words, how many words is it worth if it looks into 12 billion years of history?

In 1996 our understanding of our place within the universe was forever shifted when NASA released the Hubble Deep Field image. The Hubble Telescope is, perhaps, one of the most famous telescopes to peer into space. Since its launch in 1990, it has captured some of the most iconic images of our universe and inspired generations of curious minds.

Of the many images it has produced, the Hubble Deep Field image was one of the most awe-inspiring and groundbreaking for the scientific community and the general public.

Here is Vox with more on this incredible look into space. If you haven’t discovered Vox, yet, it’s really worth diving into! Find them here and just get lost in the great content they curate.

Via: Vox 1
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Arguably, the Deep Field image didn’t just change astronomy, it changed the way that the common person saw their place within the universe.

Where once there was theory, there was now physical evidence of the universe’s vast expanse. It’s hard not to look at the Hubble Deep Field and not feel a sense of wonder at the boundless nature of the universe we call home. We are not a lonely galaxy in an expanse of darkness, we are a part of something so much greater!

I look at this image and see possibility. I see the discoveries to be made, the mysteries to uncover, and the connection we have to an expanse we don’t fully understand. We live in a truly remarkable time!

Take a moment to scroll back up and take a good look at the Hubble Deep Field image. Let yourself fall into its expanse and the worlds beyond that it captures.

It’s not just an amazing world, it’s an amazing universe.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. “The 1995 Hubble Photo That Changed Astronomy.” YouTube. Vox, 21 Sept. 2016. Web. 27 Oct. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Tc0Rk2cNg>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV