Galaxy Cluster Abell 2218 - a Cosmic Magnifying Glass

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esahubble_heic9910b January 24th, 2000

Credit: NASA, ESA, Andrew Fruchter (STScI), and the ERO team (STScI + ST-ECF)

Scanning the heavens for the first time since the successful December 1999 servicing mission, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a giant, cosmic magnifying glass, a massive cluster of galaxies called Abell 2218. This 'hefty' cluster resides in the constellation Draco, some 2 billion light-years from Earth.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic9910b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Abell 2218
Subject - Distant Universe
Galaxy > Type > Gravitationally Lensed
Galaxy > Grouping > Cluster
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 16h 35m 53.4s
DEC = 66° 12’ 26.5”
Orientation
North is 160.4° CCW
Field of View
2.6 x 1.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Draco

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (B) 450.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic9910b
Subject Category
D.5.1.8   D.5.5.3  
Subject Name
Abell 2218
Credits
NASA, ESA, Andrew Fruchter (STScI), and the ERO team (STScI + ST-ECF)
Release Date
2000-01-24T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic9910b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, V, I
Central Wavelength
450, 606, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
248.972696393, 66.2073580802
Reference Dimension
3109.0, 1587.0
Reference Pixel
1554.5, 793.5
Scale
-1.38441554027e-05, 1.38441554027e-05
Rotation
160.35999999999976
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
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
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic9910b
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:14:48+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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