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News Release 705 of 951

July 30, 1997 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-25

World's Most Powerful Telescopes Team Up With a Lens in Nature to Discover Farthest Galaxy in the Universe

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Image: Corrected Image of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image

Corrected Image of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image

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A theoretical model of the cluster lens is used to "unsmear" the gravitationally-lensed image back into the galaxy's normal appearance. The corrected image gives a highly magnified view of the distant galaxy with detail 5-10 times smaller than Hubble alone can provide. It clearly shows several bright, very compact regions of intense star formation. These starburst regions are as 700 light-years across. The knots are so bright they indicate bursts of star formation taking place at a much faster rate than seen in most galaxies at the present time.

Object Name: CL1358+62

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: Galaxy Cluster Magnifies Light of More-Distant Galaxy Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Galaxy Cluster Magnifies Light of More-Distant GalaxyPRC1997-25 Location of the Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy in the Cluster Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Location of the Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy in the Cluster A Close-Up of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image Image Type: Astronomical A Close-Up of the Gravitationally-Lensed Image

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