IRC 0218 lensing feature without foreground cluster
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a region containing the most distant cosmic lens yet found, a massive elliptical galaxy whose powerful gravity is magnifying the light from a faraway galaxy behind it.
In this image astronomers have subtracted the image of the giant red elliptical to show a more distant spiral galaxy. The glow of young stars makes the galaxy appear blue. The white area at upper right is probably a region of star formation.
- NASA Press release
- Gravitational Lensing by Galaxy in Cluster IRC 0218 (annotated)
- Gravitational Lensing by Galaxy in Cluster IRC 0218
- IRC 0218 Lensing Feature
About the Image
|Release date:||4 August 2014, 09:13|
|Size:||544 x 544 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Lensing|
Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
|Distance:||10 billion light years|