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News Release 603 of 1051

January 7, 2003 12:20 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-01

Biggest 'Zoom Lens' in Space Takes Hubble Deeper into the Universe

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Abell 1689
Object Description: Galaxy Cluster, Gravitational Lens
Position (J2000): R.A. 13h 11m 34.20s
Dec. -01° 21' 56.0"
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: The distance to the lensing cluster is 2.2 billion light-years (675 megaparsecs).
Dimensions: The ACS image is roughly 3.2 arcminutes (2 million light-years or 630 kiloparsecs) in width.
About the Data
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): June, 2002
Exposure Time: 13.2 hours
Filters: F475W (g), F625W (r), F775W (i), F850LP (z)
Principal Astronomers: ACS science team: H.C. Ford (JHU), G.D. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory), N. Benitez (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G.F. Hartig (STScI), D.R. Ardila (JHU), F. Bartko (Bartko Science & Technology), J.P. Blakeslee (JHU), R.J. Bouwens (UCO/Lick Obs.), T.J. Broadhurst (Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University), R.A. Brown (STScI), C.J. Burrows (STScI), E.S. Cheng (NASA-GSFC), N.J.G. Cross (JHU), P.D. Feldman (JHU), M. Franx (Leiden Observatory), D.A.Golimowski (JHU), C. Gronwall (PSU), L. Infante (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), R.A. Kimble (NASA GSFC), J.E. Krist (STScI), M.P. Lesser (Steward Obs.), A.R. Martel (JHU), F. Menanteau (JHU), G.R. Meurer (JHU), G.K. Miley (Leiden Obs.), M. Postman (STScI), P. Rosati (ESO), M. Sirianni (JHU), W.B. Sparks (STScI), H.D. Tran (JHU), Z.I. Tsvetanov (JHU), R.L. White (STScI/JHU), and W. Zheng (JHU)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, N. Benitez (JHU), T. Broadhurst (The Hebrew University), H. Ford (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory), the ACS Science Team and ESA
Release Date: January 7, 2003
Orientation: Galaxy Abell 1689's