Hubble's Top Ten Gravitational Lenses

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope serendipitous survey of the sky has uncovered exotic patterns, rings, arcs and crosses that are all optical mirages produced by a gravitational lens, nature's equivalent of having giant magnifying glass in space.

Shown are the top 10 lens candidates uncovered in the deepest 100 Hubble fields. Hubble's sensitivity and high resolution allow it to see faint and distant lenses that cannot be detected with ground-based telescopes whose images are blurred by Earth's atmosphere.

Credit:

Kavan Ratnatunga (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9918a
Type:Observation
Release date:13 May 1999, 06:00
Size:1200 x 956 px

About the Object

Name:HST 01247+0352, HST 01248+0351, HST 12368+6212, HST 12531-2914, HST 14164+5215, HST 14176+5226, HST 15433+5352, HST 16302+8230, HST 16309+8230, HST 18078+4600
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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

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