Gravitational Lens System SDSSJ0946+1006 (Double Einstein Ring)
Gravitational Lens System SDSSJ0946+1006 (Double Einstein Ring)
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This is an image of gravitational lens system SDSSJ0946+1006 as photographed by Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys.

The gravitational field of an elliptical galaxy warps the light of two galaxies exactly behind it. The massive foreground galaxy is almost perfectly aligned in the sky with two background galaxies at different distances. The foreground galaxy is 3 billion light-years away, the inner ring and outer ring are comprised of multiple images of two galaxies at a distance of 6 and approximately 11 billion light-years. The odds of seeing such a special alignment are estimated to be 1 in 10,000.

Astronomical, Exotic, Gravitational Lensing, Hubble Telescope


Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Gavazzi and T. Treu (University of California, Santa Barbara), and the SLACS team