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Nasa snaps cosmic colour portrait

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured our cosmos at its most colourful.

A new Nasa panorama looking deep and far into the universe for the first time includes ultraviolet light, which is normally not visible to the human eye.

It shows up in the photo as bright baby blue with spinning galaxies, which are about five to 10 billion years old, not too old or young in cosmic terms.

The photo is a composite of more than 800 photos taken by Hubble and shows about 10,000 multi-coloured galaxies.

Hubble astronomer Zolt Levay said by adding ultraviolet and infrared to the pictures, people could now see the universe in the broad spectrum of colour "and then some".

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