What is the Oldest Photo of the Universe?

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Duration: 3 minutes, 29 seconds

What is the oldest kind of light that we can see? Microwaves coming from all around us, a vision from the early universe.

Animated Answers, Cosmology, Universe Age/Size


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach
Narration: Alia Shawkat
Writing: Joel Green and Vanessa Thomas
Designer: Marc Lussier
Music: Associated Production Music (www.pm.com)
Sound effects: CSSMusic.com, FreeSound.org, and SoundBible.com (users Sonidor, espectral, Mark DiAngelo, and Mike Koenig)

All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except …
• Visualization of the reionization era courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
• Silhouette of jumping skateboarder courtesy of freevector/Vecteezy.com
• All-sky image in visible light courtesy of Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan University
• Illustration of stork with baby courtesy of RetroVectors.com
• Weather map of the United States courtesy of NOAA
• Illustration of television set courtesy of freevector/Vecteezy.com
• Silhouette of weatherman courtesy of Josephtury/Vecteezy.com
• Illustration of hand adjusting thermostat courtesy of thirteenfifty/123RF.com
• Visualization of the inner Milky Way courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser

Many thanks to: Greg Bacon, George Becker, Mia Bovill, Bonnie Eisenhamer, John Godfrey, Adam Green, Mikey Hart, Hussein Jirdeh, Jason Kalirai, Courtney Kivowitz, Brandon Lawton, Katelin Mora, Bonnie Meinke, Denise Smith, Stephanie Smith, Massimo Stiavelli, Frank Summers, and Tracy Vogel

Publication: September 27, 2016