Abell 1703

Located in the northern celestial hemisphere, Abell 1703 is composed of over one hundred different galaxies that act as a powerful cosmic telescope, or gravitational lens. The gravitational lens produced by the massive galaxy cluster in the foreground (the yellow mostly elliptical galaxies scattered across the image) bends the light rays in a way that can stretch the images and so amplify the brightness of the light rays from more distant galaxies. In the process it distorts their shapes and produces multiple banana-shaped images of the original galaxies. The result is the stunning image seen here - a view deeper into the Universe than possible with current technology alone. Abell 1703 is located at 3 billion light-years from the Earth (redshift 0.26).

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA)
Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

Id:heic0814b
Type:Observation
Release date:24 July 2008, 17:00
Related releases:heic0814
Size:4784 x 4961 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 1703
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.26 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Hubble Space Telescope
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
Infrared
I
Hubble Space Telescope

Image Formats

Large JPEG
18.4 MB
Screensize JPEG
347.7 KB

Zoomable


Also see our