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May 23, 2006 06:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-23

Hubble Captures a "Five-Star" Rated Gravitational Lens

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About the Object
Object Name: SDSS J1004+4112
Object Description: Galaxy cluster gravitational lens
Position (J2000): R.A. 10h 04m 11s.84
Dec. +41° 12' 50".4
Constellation: Leo Minor
Distance: The distance to the galaxy cluster gravitational lens is roughly 7 billion light-years (2.1 Gigaparsecs). The distance to the quasar being lensed is roughly 10 billion light-years (3 Gigaparsecs). The distance to the farthest galaxy being lensed into an arc is 12 billion light-years (3.7 Gigaparsecs).
Dimensions: This image is 1.9 arcminutes wide.
About the Data
Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposals 9744: C. Kochanek (Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory), S. Myers (Associated Universities, Inc. ), I. Browne (University of Manchester), R. Blandford (California Institute of Technology), N. Jackson (University of Manchester), C. Keeton (University of Chicago), J. Munoz (Universidad de Valencia, Observatorio Astronomico), J. Lovell (CSIRO, Australia Telescope National Facility), L. Wisotzki (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam), M. Gregg (University of California, Davis), D. Eisenstein (University of Arizona), D. Johnston (University of Chicago), N. Inada (University of Tokyo, Institute of Cosmic Ray Research), B. Pindor (Princeton University), S. Burles (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), G. Richards (Princeton University), E. Falco and B. Mcleod (Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory), P. Schechter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), D. Rusin and J. Winn (Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory), L. Koopmans (Space Telescope Science Institute), C. Fassnacht (University of California, Davis), C. Impey (University of Arizona), H.-W. Rix (Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie, Heidelberg), and C. Peng (University of Arizona) and proposal 10509: C. Kochanek (The Ohio State University Research Foundation), M. Oguri (Princeton University), E. Ofek, K. Sharon, D. Maoz, and T. Broadhurst (Tel Aviv University - Wise Observatory), and N. Inada and Y. Suto (University of Tokyo, Institute of Astronomy).

The science team studying this gravitational lens includes K. Sharon (Tel Aviv University), E. Ofek (Tel Aviv University/Caltech), G. Smith (Caltech), T. Broadhurst and D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University), C. Kochanek (Ohio State University), M. Oguri (University of Tokyo/Princeton University), Y. Suto and N. Inada (University of Tokyo), and E. Falco (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics).

Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): April 28, 2004; January 2, 2005; December 12/13, 2005
Exposure Time: 16 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F555W (V), F814W (I)
About this Release
Release Credit: ESA, NASA, K. Sharon (Tel Aviv University) and E. Ofek (Caltech)
Release Date: May 23, 2006
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