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Gravitationally Lensed Image of Highest Redshift Galaxy

Gravitationally Lensed Image of Highest Redshift Galaxy


Depicts: CL1358+62
Copyright: Marijn Franx (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Garth Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), and NASA

A theoretical model of the cluster lens is used to "unsmear" the gravitationally-lensed image back into the galaxy's normal appearance. The corrected image gives a highly magnified view of the distant galaxy with detail 5-10 times smaller than Hubble alone can provide. It clearly shows several bright, very compact regions of intense star formation.

These starburst regions are as 700 light-years across. The knots are so bright they indicate bursts of star formation taking place at a much faster rate than seen in most galaxies at the present time.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
3-Dec-2021 20:07 UT

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