(Ethereal background music: Meeeeee, ohhhhhhh) Astronomers in 1996 attempted to do something extraordinary. They pointed the Hubble Space Telescope into a part of the sky that seemed utterly empty; a patch devoid of any planets, stars and galaxies. This area was close to the Big Dipper, a very familiar constellation, and the patch of sky was no bigger than a grain of sand held out at arm’s length. This was a somewhat risky move by the scientists. After all, observing time on this telescope is in very high demand and some questioned whether it would be wasted trying to look at nothing There was a real risk that the images returned would be as black as the space at which it was being pointed. Nevertheless, they opened the telescope and slowly over the course of ten full days, photons that had been traveling for over 13 billion years finally ended their journey on the detector of humanity’s most powerful telescope. Their feeble signals collected almost one by one. When the telescope was finally closed, and the images were processed, the light from over 3,000 galaxies had covered the detector producing one of the most profound and humbling images in all of human history. Every single spot, smear, and dot was an entire galaxy, and each one containing hundreds of billions of stars. Later in 2004, they did it again. This time pointing the telescope towards an area near the constellation Orion. They opened the shutter for over 11 days and 400 complete orbits around the Earth. Using detectors with increased sensitivity and filters that allowed more light through than ever before over ten thousand galaxies appeared in what became known as the Ultra Deep Field, an image that represented the farthest we’ve ever seen into the universe. The photons from these galaxies left when the universe was only 500 million years old, and 13 billion years later they end their long journey as a small blip on a telescope CCD. These galaxies while standing absolutely still are racing away from us, in some cases, faster than the speed of light. The space-time between us and everything else grows larger by the minute, pushing the galaxies in this image to a distance of over 47 billion light years. And because of universal expansion the farther something is away from us the more its light has shifted toward the red and the faster it appears to be moving. Edwin Hubble himself discovered this by measuring the red shift of many galaxies, and it’s a measure of not only speed, but distance as well. (Ethereal background music: Ah, ah, ah, ahhhh, ah, ah…) Recently, Hubble scientists put the icing on the cake. Using the measured red shifts of all the galaxies inside the image, they made a 3-D model of the Ultra Deep Field. This is how it looks when we apply the distances of the galaxies in the most important image ever taken. There are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Simply saying that number doesn’t really mean much to us because it doesn’t provide any context. Our brains have no way to accurately put that in any meaningful perspective. When we look at this image, however, and think about the context of how it was made and really understand what it means, we instantly gain the perspective and cannot help, but be forever changed by it. We pointed the most powerful telescope ever built by human beings at absolutely nothing for no other reason than because we were curious, and discovered that we occupy a very tiny place in the heavens.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D
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100 thoughts on “The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

  • November 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    And I guess I should be grateful tp have born to have given a chance ? Should give another child a chance to experience of being alive ? Never wanted to have kids but when you really think about it I guess I should have kids. And my petty problems in the grand scheme of things it dont matter at all. Live life to the fullest.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm
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    Why does this scare me

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  • December 4, 2017 at 4:42 am
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    Subhanallah…

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  • December 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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    human is not even pollen in all this…
    sometimes I am depressed by the impotence of understanding all this…

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  • December 25, 2017 at 1:14 am
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    Cgi mean it's fake

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  • December 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    One of the best videos I've ever seen, excellent

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  • January 1, 2018 at 3:58 am
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    It's funny some of the commenters still think that a God created all of it.

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  • January 2, 2018 at 4:21 am
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    Yep it’s just us out here all alone…I’m sure you can taste my sarcasm.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    I wish I would've followed my dream and become an astronomer…..this makes me regretful.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm
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    What I find incredible is that by viewing this distant galaxies, you're looking into the past. that gives me chills.

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  • January 15, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    This so damn imperfect! 😍🌌

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  • January 17, 2018 at 2:21 am
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    Light speed is too slow. We're gonna have to go right to… LUDACRIS SPEED!

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  • January 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    this is like THE most popular scientific videos can get, only about 9 million… compare that to all the hiphop bullshit that get BILLIONS of views, and it's no wonder why the world is the state it's in

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  • January 22, 2018 at 8:49 am
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    How did it pass The Thermosphere?

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  • January 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    AMAZING VIDEO THANKS FOR THIS

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  • January 30, 2018 at 6:18 am
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    "We know for certain, for instance, that for some reason, for some time in the beginning, there were hot lumps. Cold and lonely, they whirled noiselessly through the black holes of space. Those insignificant lumps came together to form the first union—our Sun, the heating system. And about this glowing gasbag rotated the Earth, a cat's-eye among aggies, blinking in astonishment across the Face of Time…"—Firesign Theater, I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus.

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  • February 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    What i cannot understand is that if Hubble was pointed at one tiny patch of sky for "10 full days" was it able to orbit the planet at the same time or is it in a Geo Stationary orbit?
    Superb video(s) by the way. Thanks for your efforts in producing them; I learn a lot about the Cosmos through watching them.

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  • March 8, 2018 at 3:20 am
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    Glad I have lived to be able to see and learn the truth. So many galaxies, with so many stars. We now know that most stars have planets and most of those have more than one planet. There are, therefore, millions of planets out there. Some may be like our own.

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  • March 14, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    Once you peer into the incomprehensible size of the Universe, you will never be the same thereafter. You will be changed forever.

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  • March 19, 2018 at 5:45 am
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    James T Kirk was right!!!

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  • March 20, 2018 at 1:16 am
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    I was changed.

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  • March 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    I don't know why but from time to time I rewatch this video and every time it blows my mind.. Our existence is so insignificant.. Surely there is life in other galaxies.

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  • March 30, 2018 at 12:04 am
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    https://youtu.be/IPScpDo2WOY

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  • April 1, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    Wow! Proof that God has been hard at work forever!

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  • April 1, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    'To Allah do belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth,
    and to Him goeth back every affair (for decision):
    then worship Him, and put thy trust in Him:
    and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught that ye do.' 11:123

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  • April 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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    Excelent videos like this, made me believe in God and his infinity wisdom and glory, about a decade ago.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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    How dare you to use an opera used in Hannibal. I don't really know, just sounds similar to me.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    How did they determine the distances of these galaxies, by color wavelengths?

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  • April 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    I wonder how many civilisations and how many intelligent human type Lifeforms that Amounts too and if you work it out if thats true many of them must of advanced to far greater understanding and technologies than us we Earthlings are just Babies.

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  • May 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm
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    veri gut

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  • June 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    The distance is so vast that it's beyond human understanding

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  • June 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    Can't wait to see what's the webb telescope is gonna show us. 🙂

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  • June 21, 2018 at 1:23 am
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    The universe is truly vast beyond words. Maybe the expansion could be tapped into and used for ftl travel

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  • June 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm
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    Along with this video, people should research anything they can on THE COSMIC WEB. You'll REALLY feel small.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 6:40 am
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    Bullshit, Hubble is a 747 with telescopes, don't believe NASA and globe crap.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 9:07 am
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    its a complete lie Truman,welcome to the matrix !

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  • July 4, 2018 at 5:08 am
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    I hope I meet aliens by the time I die

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  • July 4, 2018 at 5:10 am
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    imagine us finding life on another planet and they are 100x bigger than us

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  • July 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    Look just how much we have learnt here. And thats just one organization: NASA. If we all work together we can have achieved so much.

    Cant wait for James Webb Telescope to launch.

    Love from India!

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  • July 14, 2018 at 7:16 am
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    What’s also truly amazing is that most if not all of everything seen here no longer exists . How can anyone who claims to be intelligent actually believe that there is no creator God . Over 65% of all cosmologists believe that there is a GOD because of how impossible yet real this Creation truly is. Thank You, Pastor PaulD

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  • July 18, 2018 at 4:30 am
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    I'm having some existential moments right now. Honestly this makes everything feel lonely and insignificant as well as humbling. I'm not religious but seeing this much of the universe really makes you want to believe in God, a higher power that takes care of humans. There probably is life but as far as us humans know it is dark and empty, we are a marble floating through this vast ocean of darkness. This video gives me the chills.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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    what a beautiful video. then you read the comments and whatever amazing feeling you just had gets destroyed

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  • August 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    416 dislikes..How the FUCK can people not like this video ??????

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  • August 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    I wanted to destroy the universe but this video pretty much threw a wrench in my gears. Back to the drawing board

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  • August 16, 2018 at 9:35 am
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    I wondered why numbers like "100 billion" didn't mean much to me, I love astronomy and a good portion of it is because the numbers are mindblowing, but it kinda makes sense that we can't grasp these numbers but when we actually do get a feel for the numbers by other means then our minds are just blown. I was at Griffith observatory and a guy pointed out that Jupiter was 500 million miles away and the guy next to me goes "HOLY SHITTTTT" I'm here thinking like dude you haven't seen nothing yet xD

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  • August 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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    Wait most of us are still thinking about discovering more galaxies but none of us are dreaming to travel to far those hidden universe.

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  • September 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    FAKE

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  • September 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm
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    is it normal to cry at this video ..?

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  • September 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm
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    Why did it take them 5 years to decide to point the telescope at nothing to see how far it cause see.
    HST= Dragster – now do you take it to the dyno(Ultra Deep Field) within the 5 years to test its limits or do you just stay on tbe block?

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  • October 2, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." — Albert Einstein

    Dear Einstein, you were right. Even without ever seeing what human stupidity does to the 'dislike' button on this Youtube video.

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  • October 7, 2018 at 5:05 am
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    It's getting crowed here and I'm moving!

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  • October 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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    t.t: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTPqyyUng6k&index=6&list=PLNW64Hpb6TMnZap3JWwPwy0Th8C318z4T

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  • October 31, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    This video still brings me to goosebumps and tears.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    This video hits me every single time. And I've lost the count of how many times I've watched already.

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  • November 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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    Apparently there are more stars in the universe, than there are grains of sand, on all the worlds beaches & deserts put together. There must be so much life out there.

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  • November 26, 2018 at 12:36 am
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    Thank you Mr Hubble

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  • November 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    Yepppp awesome

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  • December 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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    Title should be " How to be depressed ? "
    But this video is important .

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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    Anybody know name songs???

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  • December 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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    Now i understand why i feel homesick even if i am "home"

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  • December 25, 2018 at 9:14 pm
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    How was this light caught by the telescope not red-shifted to oblivion??

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  • December 30, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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    And some of us really believe we are able to meddle with the Earth's climate… These are most likely the 431 people (so far) who gave this video thumbs down.

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  • January 2, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    There has to be billions of life inhabited planets within all the billions of galaxies… Crazy to even comprehend.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    in the middle of no where there was over 1k gallaxies. Awesome!!!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Amazing

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  • January 13, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Lot of butthurt atheists in the comments.
    It only strengthens our belief in Allah (God) when we see such perfect systems placed so perfectly around us. Religion never forbids anyone from exploring. In fact, it asks humans to explore to know the creator.

    On the other hand, here you are, the pretentious assholes who can think of nothing after wathing these videos but about religious people and their beliefs.

    Is that what this video teaches? Of course, you are worse than a pile of shit for the way you think.

    Awesome video and of course, praise to Allah for creating these mysteries, more so for creating the human mind that learns so fast and explores so deep.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 5:40 am
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    Other life forms are probly looking through their telescopes at our galaxy saying there's no such thing as aliens.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    Nicely done and proof That when you have something meaningful to share, hype is unnecessary.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    Is this Mr.Darnell narrating ? Awesome jpb

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  • March 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    Where are the satellites

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  • March 7, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Every sane human should ask who created all these? Then you will find the answer.

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  • March 11, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    Humbling to be sure.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    THE "BIG BANG" THEORY. This video supports it. The Big Bang theory which best explains the cause of our universe was in fact first presented by Astronomer Georges Lemaitre in 1931. Lemaitre (1884-1966) was also a well respected, and admired physicist, mathematician, and Catholic Priest of the Jesuit order.
    He never saw any conflict between his deeply held faith, and science.
    Why do so many here think those who believe in a God are somehow incapable of scientific thought?

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  • March 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Probably my favorite thing I've ever seen.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Look…. The Hubble taking it's own pictures of itself!

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  • April 8, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    If we used deep field on earth, would we be able to see single trees and humans???

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:39 pm
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    And fifteen years later the first black hole got visualised. 🙂

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  • May 13, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    All the more tragic knowing planetary habitability is being severely compromised, and prospects for humanity to become a thriving technological race of the sort of described by the Kardashev scale will be squandered because of an archaic economic ideology driving the collective species of the planet to total collapse

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  • May 20, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    The Hubble telescope is only the size of a small bus – yet its impact will be much, much greater than its size.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Thanks for this.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    3000 galaxies in a grain of sand……..

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  • June 14, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    EVERY SINGLE night I play Tony Darnells "Hubble Deep field" video,the one with the Pink Floydd song in the backround.
    To nod off every night the combination of Mr.Darnells VERY professional soothing voice and guitar work from P. Floydd works like a charm. The only bummer about it is it's not long by 8 minutes ? I wish he would do a new video and make it a half an hour long LOL.

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  • June 22, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    This mad me sad. Basically, when we look into the sky, we're seeing the past. For example. Our Sun is 7 light miuntes away. If our Sun was to suddenly disappear, It would take 7 minutes for us to notice…But thats only 7 minutes of spacetime lag lol. 1 BILLION YEARS!!! I Can't process this 🙁 All i can say is enjoy being alive and make the best of things..

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  • July 2, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    in 2009, 3:15 estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable galaxy. in 2018, that number has jumped to 2 trillion galaxies

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  • July 7, 2019 at 5:08 am
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    one strange rock is a great documentary series, but one thing that REALLY pissed me off is that they made the assertion that "we are likely the only life form that is this advanced". They did this by displaying how unlikely it was for us to come about, which is true. However, this video is also true and the documentary said nothing about the enormity of the universe. Because as unimaginably unlikely as we are, the universe is equally unimaginably enormous. There are at least 100 billion galaxies and we have no idea that there isn't other intelligent life in THIS one??? It felt like they were trying to make everyone feel lonely for no reason at all. We're not alone. There's no chance of it. There are probably millions of civilizations that have created art, music, literature, technology, architecture, etc…

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  • July 8, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    What type of glasses work best with 3D?

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Greek subs please

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    https://youtu.be/l1vBXFhseMk

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    It's honestly mindblowing, but I just want to know what it is now. Like where the fuck are we?

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    it's crazy to think that from these photons' perspective, literally no time has passed since they began their journey

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  • September 16, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    So you’re telling me that in all of that, not one place with intelligent life like earth popped up?

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    trillions of galaxies.. each containing hundreds of billions stars., tell that to those who are single 😛

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    And people think we're something special.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    This is terrific. I've used this in my classes. You can come to my classes. See above.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    3:03 How many thousands if not millions of civilizations just like ours do we pass through? How many of them are so advanced that they made their own 3D model and passed by our galaxy, thinking not much more of it than just another grain of sand? How many of them are even more advanced than ours, to the point that we cannot comprehend what insights they may have gleaned? If there is even one civilization that is even 1000 years ahead of us, which is an unimaginably small a blip in time, why haven't they reached us yet? Maybe they have? Maybe we're not as smart as we think we are. Science is so incredibly young. I mean, we literally JUST made personal mobile computers that are capable of global communication (smart phones). Maybe science is so young that we COULDN'T yet understand other civilizations communications? Does an ant know that we know their struggles in life? No. And nor we would know that another civilization knows ours. I suspect that it's possible that telepathy may be a form of communication. But we currently have no way to tell the difference between someone who is actually being contacted by aliens and a schizophrenic. If you read about the Fermi Paradox, it's strange stuff. Maybe humanity really is special? Maybe we really are the only ones to make a 3D model of the universe like this?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    “The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.” Bill Hicks

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:27 am
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    Over 100 billion galaxies ? C'mon people they are countless

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    Out there are countless civilizations …Arcturians the most advanced..https://www.edgarcayce.org/uploadedFiles/member_section/Circulating_files/21858Arcturus.pdf

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