Galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015

This view from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015. Astronomers used the powerful gravity from the cluster to magnify the light from a distant galaxy, using an effect called gravitational lensing.

The bright yellow galaxies near the center of the image are cluster members; due to the gravitational lensing technique, astronomers observed three magnified images of a far more distant galaxy called MACS0647-JD with the Hubble telescope. These are visible as small red dots in this image.

This is the latest discovery from a large program, called the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH), that uses natural zoom lenses to reveal distant galaxies in the early Universe.

This image is a composite taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys. The observations were taken 5 October and 29 November 2011.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (Space Telescope Science Institute), and the CLASH team

About the Image

Id:heic1217c
Type:Observation
Release date:15 November 2012, 19:00
Related releases:heic1217
Size:1578 x 1520 px

About the Object

Name:MCS J0647.7+7015
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Lensing
Unspecified : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=11.0 (redshift)
Constellation:Camelopardalis
Category:Cosmology
Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):6 47 50.82
Position (Dec):70° 15' 3.61"
Field of view:1.71 x 1.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
r
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
i
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
1.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J/H
1.4 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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