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.

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NASAESA, K.-V. Tran (Texas A&M University), and K. Wong (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1433d
Type:Observation
Release date:4 August 2014, 09:13
Size:544 x 544 px

About the Object

Name:IRC 0218
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
• Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Lensing
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:10 billion light years


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