Quasar 1208+101 (Gravitational Lens Candidate)

An image of the gravitational lens candidate taken with NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC) in PC mode, on 23 December 1991. The HST picture shows that the quasar actually consists of two images. HST observations to be made this winter will show whether this is a gravitational lens or a chance superposition of a star in our own galaxy and a quasar. The bar in the lower left represents one arc second (the diameter of a penny seen at about two miles or 3.2 kilometres) which is the typical resolution of ground-based telescopes.

This image is being presented on Monday, January 13th at the 179th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Atlanta, Georgia.


John Bachall (IAS Princeton), Dan Maoz (IAS, Princeton), Donald Schneider (IAS, Princeton) Brian Yanny (IAS, Princeton), Rodger Doxsey (STScI) Neta Bahcall (Princeton), Qfer Lahav (Cambridge, England).

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:13 January 1992, 06:00
Size:2354 x 2324 px

About the Object

Name:QSO B1208+101
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:z=3.82 (redshift)

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Colours & filters

555 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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