A Close-Up of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image

A Close-Up of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image

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News release ID: STScI-1997-25
Release Date: Jul 30, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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A close-up of the gravitationally-lensed image shows why astronomers are excited about this unique opportunity to study the distant galaxy's structure. The stretched-out image reveals tiny knots of vigorous starbirth activity. This provides a first detailed look at the early construction phase of a galaxy undergoing formation.

Galaxies, Galaxy Clusters, Gravitational Lensing, Observations


Credit: Marijn Franx (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Garth Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz) and NASA