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Galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015

Galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015

Date: 14 November 2012
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: MACS J0647.7+7015
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (Space Telescope Science Institute), and the CLASH team

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.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
10-Dec-2023 17:23 UT

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