A Giant Lensed Galaxy Arc

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This image shows one of the most striking examples of gravitational lensing, in which the gravitational field of a foreground object bends, distorts, and amplifies the light of a more distant background object. The view of a distant galaxy (nearly 10 billion light-years away) has been warped into a nearly 90-degree arc of light by the gravity of the galaxy cluster known as RCS2 032727-132623 (about 5 billion light-years away).

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Rigby (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), K. Sharon (Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago), and M. Gladders and E. Wuyts (University of Chicago)

For more information: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/08/

 

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