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Excerpt of the ACS image

Excerpt of the ACS image


Date: 18 February 2008
Satellite: Hubble
Depicts: Einstein Ring
Copyright: Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Faure (Zentrum für Astronomie, University of Heidelberg) and J.P. Kneib (Laboratoire dAstrophysique de Marseille)

An Eistein ring can be seen in the object 0038+4133, marked in a red circle in this image. An Einstein ring is a complete circle image of a background galaxy, which is formed when the background galaxy, a massive, foreground galaxy, and the Hubble Space Telescope are all aligned perfectly. Use the zoom tool to examine it more closely.

This lens is an example of the rich diversity of 67 strong gravitational lenses found in the COSMOS survey. The lenses were discovered in a recently completed, large set of observations as part of a project to survey a single 1.6-square-degree field of sky (nine times the area of the full Moon) with several space-based and Earth-based observatories.

Gravitational lenses occur when light travelling towards us from a distant galaxy is magnified and distorted as it encounters a massive object between the galaxy and us. These gravitational lenses often allow astronomers to peer much further back into the early Universe than they would normally be able to.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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