The most distant gravitational lens yet discovered

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esahubble_heic1319a October 17th, 2013

Credit: NASA/ESA/A. van der Wel

This picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the most distant gravitational lens yet discovered. The glow at the centre of this picture is the central regions of a normal galaxy. By chance it is precisely aligned with a much more remote, young star-forming galaxy. The light from the more distant object is bent around the nearer object by its strong graviational pull to form a ring of multiple images. The chance of finding such an exact alignment is very small, suggesting that there may be more star-forming galaxies in the early Universe than expected.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1319a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
J1000+0221
Subject - Distant Universe
Galaxy > Type > Gravitationally Lensed

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Infrared (H) 1.6 µm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Infrared (J) 1.3 µm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
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ID
heic1319a
Subject Category
D.5.1.8  
Subject Name
J1000+0221
Credits
NASA/ESA/A. van der Wel
Release Date
2013-10-17T16:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1319a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Gravitational lens at z=1.5, source at z=3.4
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Blue, Red, Green
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
I, H, J
Central Wavelength
814, 1600, 1250
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
505.0, 505.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1319a
Metadata Date
2013-10-08T15:14:08+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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