A special patch of sky can be found close to the Big Dipper, in the northern constellation of Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear. Appearing to contain no stars and hardly any gas clouds from our Milky Way galaxy, this region is called the Lockman Hole. A unique window into the distant Universe, it was discovered in 1986 by astronomer Felix J. Lockman.
Also portrayed in the image are a few galaxy clusters, gigantic assemblies of galaxies permeated by hot gas that shines brightly in X-rays. The double-lobed red object towards the upper left of the image is one such galaxy cluster: its light has taken over eight billion years to reach us.