Simulated gravitational lensing of the Whirlpool Galaxy

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This image depicts how our view of the Whirlpool Galaxy would be distorted by the gravitational lensing of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744. Examining the image closely, one can find four images of the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Simulation credit: Rachael Livermore (Texas)

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