Colour image of galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403. This is one of six being studied by the Hubble Frontier Fields programme. This programme seeks to analyse the mass distribution in these huge clusters and to use the gravitational lensing effect of these clusters, to peer even deeper into the distant Universe.

A team of researchers used almost 200 images of distant galaxies, whose light has been bent and magnified by this huge cluster, combined with the depth of Hubble data to measure the total mass of this cluster more precisely than ever before.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA, HST Frontier Fields
Acknowledgement: Mathilde Jauzac (Durham University, UK and Astrophysics & Cosmology Research Unit, South Africa) and Jean-Paul Kneib (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

About the Image

Id:heic1416a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 July 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1416
Size:6753 x 6484 px

About the Object

Name:MACS J0416.1-2403
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
G
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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