Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

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Hubble image of galaxy cluster Abell 1689, showing a large number of lensed arcs. These arcs are distorted images of background galaxies, gravitationally lensed by the mass of the cluster.

 

Credit: NASA, N. Benitez (JHU), T. Broadhurst (Racah Institute of
Physics/The Hebrew University), H. Ford (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G.
Hartig (STScI), G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory), the ACS Science
Team and ESA

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2003/01/image/a/

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