Hubble image of Abell 68

Abell 68, pictured here in infrared light, is a galaxy cluster. The effect of its gravity on light means it boosts Hubble’s power, greatly increasing’the telescopes ability to observe distant and faint objects. The fuzzy collection of blobs in the middle and upper left of the image is a swarm of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars and vast amounts of dark matter. Distorted shapes visible throughout the field of view are distant galaxies whose light has been bent and amplified by the cluster.

Credit:

NASA & ESA. Acknowledgement: N. Rose

About the Image

Id:heic1304a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 March 2013, 15:00
Related releases:heic1304
Size:1535 x 1360 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 68
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Distance:2 billion light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Y
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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