Annotated image of the field around CLASS B1608+656
Most of the galaxies visible in this Hubble image are members of a huge cluster called CLASS B1608+656, which lies about five billion light-years away. But the field also contains other objects that are both significantly closer and far more distant — including two gravitational lenses dubbed Fred and Ginger.
These contain enough mass to visibly distort the light from objects behind them. Fred, also known more prosaically as [FMK2006] ACS J160919+6532, lies near the lens galaxies in CLASS B1608+656, while Ginger ([FMK2006] ACS J160910+6532) is markedly closer to us. Despite their different distances from us, both can be seen near to CLASS B1608+656 in the central region of this Hubble image, and are labelled.
About the Image
|Release date:||17 April 2014, 16:00|
|Size:||3910 x 3912 px|
About the Object
|Name:||CLASS B1608+656, Fred Ginger, QSO-160913+653228|
|Type:||• Early Universe : Galaxy|
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|