Gravitational Lenses

A gravitational lens is produced by the enormous gravitational field of a massive object which bends light to magnify, brighten and distort the image of a more distant object. Depending on the alignment between the objects and the mass distribution of the foreground lens, the more distant object can be smeared into arcs or split into pairs, triples, or even quadruple images.

Credit:

Kavan Ratnatunga (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9543c
Type:Observation
Release date:18 October 1995, 05:00
Size:65 x 65 px

About the Object

Name:Medium Deep Survey
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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

Image Formats

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