Most Distant Gravitational Lens J1000+0221

Most Distant Gravitational Lens J1000+0221

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News release ID: STScI-2013-48
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
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This NASA Hubble Space Telescope photo shows the most distant gravitational lens yet discovered. The glow at the center of the image is the central regions of a normal galaxy. By chance it is precisely aligned with a much more remote, young, star-forming galaxy. The light from the more distant object is bent around the nearer object by the closer galaxy's strong gravitational pull to form a ring of multiple images.

CANDELS, Gravitational Lensing, Observations, Survey


Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. van der Wel (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy)