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November 15, 2012 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-36

NASA Great Observatories Find Candidate for Most Distant Galaxy Yet Known

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: MACS J0647+7015, MACS0647-JD
Object Description: Galaxy Cluster/Gravitational Lens and z=11 Galaxy Candidate
Position (J2000): R.A. 06h 47m 45s.90
Dec. +70° 15' 02".99
Constellation: Camelopardus (or Camelopardalis)
Distance: The distance to the cluster is 5.6 billion light-years (1.7 billion parsecs or redshift z = 0.591). The distance to the lensed source is 13.3 billion light-years (4 billion parsecs or redshift z = 11).
About the Hubble Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposals 12101: M. Postman (STScI); 9722: H. Ebeling (University of Hawaii); and 10493 and 10793: A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).
Instrument: ACS/WFC, WFC3/UVIS, and WFC3/IR
Exposure Date(s): 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2011
Exposure Time: 27.5 hours
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Postman and D. Coe (STScI), and the CLASH Team
Release Date: November 15, 2012
Color and Filters: This image is a composite of separate exposures acquired by the ACS and WFC3 instruments. Several filters were used to sample various wavelengths. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are:
ACS/WFC F435W(B)+F475W(g)+F555W(V)+F606W(V)+F625W(r) blue
ACS/WFC F775W(I)+F814W(I)+F850LP(z)
WFC3/IR F105W(Y)+F110W(YJ)+F125W(J)
WFC3/IR F140W(JH)+F160W(H) red
Orientation/Scale: Compass and Scale Image of MACS J0647+7015