Galaxy Cluster Abell 2218 - a Cosmic Magnifying Glass

Scanning the heavens for the first time since the successful December 1999 servicing mission, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a giant, cosmic magnifying glass, a massive cluster of galaxies called Abell 2218. This 'hefty' cluster resides in the constellation Draco, some 2 billion light-years from Earth.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, Andrew Fruchter (STScI), and the ERO team (STScI + ST-ECF)

About the Image

Id:heic9910b
Type:Observation
Release date:24 January 2000, 15:00
Related releases:heic9910
Size:3109 x 1587 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2218
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=0.17 (redshift)
Constellation:Draco
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 35 53.45
Position (Dec):66° 12' 26.49"
Field of view:2.58 x 1.32 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 160.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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