Photos of galaxies thousands of light-years away, taken by the Euclid Space Telescope, have been shared on ESA’s website.
The galaxies in the Euclid photographs, which ESA described as “Never before has a telescope captured such a large part of the deep space of the universe in such razor-sharp clarity”, had previously been imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.
One of the images includes 100,000 galaxies billions of light years away in the background of a group photo of 1000 galaxies 240 million light years away.
Scientists said that compared to the images sent to Earth from the telescope four months ago, the galaxies in question were too faint to be seen in the images taken earlier.
Another photo shows the star alignment of another galaxy relatively close to the Milky Way, the center of which was observed with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Euclid also photographed the Horsehead Nebula, the birthplace of young stars in the constellation Orion, which Hubble had previously imaged.
With the Euclid Space Telescope, ESA aims to create the largest ever three-dimensional map of space and discover evidence that will illuminate the concepts of “dark matter” and “dark energy”, which make up about 95 percent of the universe.
The Euclid Space Telescope was launched on July 1 from the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida, USA.