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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: Changing View - Light Bent by Foreground Cluster

Artist's Concept Running Time: 15 seconds

The Lynx arc only became visible thanks to the gravitational magnification provided by the nearby cluster of galaxies. The huge mass hidden in the galaxy cluster magnifies and bends the light from the Lynx arc behind it.

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

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