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February 2, 2012 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-08

Hubble Zooms in on a Magnified Galaxy

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Image: Hubble Sees Giant Lensed Galaxy Arc

Hubble Sees Giant Lensed Galaxy ArcSTScI-PRC2012-08a

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Thanks to the presence of a natural "zoom lens" in space, this is a close-up look at the brightest distant "magnified" galaxy in the universe known to date. It is one of the most striking examples of gravitational lensing, where the gravitational field of a foreground galaxy bends and amplifies the light of a more distant background galaxy. In this image the light from a distant galaxy, nearly 10 billion light-years away, has been warped into a nearly 90-degree arc of light in the galaxy cluster RCS2 032727-132623. The galaxy cluster lies 5 billion light-years away. The background galaxy's image is over three times brighter than typically lensed galaxies. The natural-color image was taken in March 2011 with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3.

Object Names: RCS2 032727-132623, RCSGA 032727-132609

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Rigby (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), K. Sharon (Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago), and M. Gladders and E. Wuyts (University of Chicago)

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