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October 30, 2003 05:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-32

Megastar-Birth Cluster is Biggest, Brightest and Hottest Ever Seen


Video: Gravitational Lens Animation: Light Bent by Foreground Galaxy Cluster

Artist's Concept Running Time: 13 seconds

The arc is the stretched and magnified image of the megastar-birth cluster about 12 billion light-years away, far beyond the foreground galaxy cluster. This means that the remote source existed when the universe was less than 2 billion years old.

Credit: ESA, Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre (M. Kornmesser and L.L. Christensen), and NASA

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