Arc in Visible light (Hubble)
The gravity of the cluster's trillion stars acts as a cosmic "zoom lens", bending and magnifying the light of the galaxies located far behind it, a technique called gravitational lensing. The faraway galaxies appear in the Hubble image as arc-shaped objects around the cluster, named Abell 1689. The increased magnification allows astronomers to study remote galaxies in greater detail.
One galaxy is so far away, however, it does not show up in this visible-light image taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys.
NASA; ESA; L. Bradley (Johns Hopkins University); R. Bouwens (University of California, Santa Cruz); H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); and G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz)
About the Image
|Release date:||12 February 2008, 15:00|
|Size:||741 x 741 px|
About the Object
|Name:||A1689-zD1, Abell 1689|
|Type:||• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed|
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Colours & filters
|475 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|625 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|775 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|850 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|