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Galaxy cluster MACS j1149.5+223

Galaxy cluster MACS j1149.5+223

Date: 02 April 2018
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: MACS j1149.5+223
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This image shows the huge galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+223, whose light took over five billion years to reach us.

The huge mass of the cluster is bending the light from more distant objects. The light from these objects has been magnified and distorted due to gravitational lensing. The same effect is creating multiple images of the same distant objects.

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Rodney (John Hopkins University, USA) and the FrontierSN team; T. Treu (University of California Los Angeles, USA), P. Kelly (University of California Berkeley, USA) and the GLASS team; J. Lotz (STScI) and the Frontier Fields team; M. Postman (STScI) and the CLASH team; and Z. Levay (STScI)

Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Jul-2024 03:48 UT

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