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News Release 128 of 955

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 WFC3 Image of Core of RCS2 032727-132623 and Reconstruction of RCSGA 032727-132609

Hubble WFC3 Image of Core of RCS2 032727-132623 and Reconstruction of RCSGA 032727-132609

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This graphic shows a reconstruction (at lower left) of the brightest galaxy whose image has been distorted by the gravity of a distant galaxy cluster. The small rectangle in the center shows the location of the background galaxy on the sky if the intervening galaxy cluster were not there. The rounded outlines show distinct, distorted images of the background galaxy resulting from lensing by the mass in the cluster. The image at lower left is a reconstruction of what the lensed galaxy would look like in the absence of the cluster, based on a model of the cluster's mass distribution derived from studying the distorted galaxy images.

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

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)

Science 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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