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February 15, 2004 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-08

Hubble and Keck Team Up to Find Farthest Known Galaxy in Universe

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: High Redshift Galaxy in Abell 2218
Object Description: Galaxy Cluster, Gravitational Lens
Position (J2000): R.A. 16h 35m 54s.73
Dec. +66° 12' 39".00
Constellation: Draco
Distance to Lensed Galaxy: Approximately 13 billion light-years (4 billion parsecs)
Distance to Abell 2218: Approximately 2 billion light-years (600 million parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 1.2 arcminutes wide. At this distance to Abell 2218, this is roughly 660,000 light-years (200,000 parsecs).
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from the following programs:
9452: J.-P. Kneib (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées/Caltech), R. Ellis (Caltech), M. Santos (Caltech/Institute of Astronomy), and J. Richard (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées/Caltech).

8500: A. Fruchter (STScI), C. Christian (STScI), A. Kinney (NASA), A. Fruchter (STScI), S. Baggett (STScI), R. Hook (ST-ECF), Z. Levay (STScI)
Instrument: WFPC2 ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): January 11 - 13, 2000 August 13, 2003
Exposure Time: 9.4 hours 3.1 hours
Filters: F450W (Wide B), F606W (Wide V), F814W (I) F4850LP (z)
About the Image
Image Credit: ESA, NASA, J.-P. Kneib (Caltech and Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées) and R. Ellis (Caltech)
Release Date: February 15, 2004
Orientation: Hubble and Keck Team Up to Find the Farthest Known Galaxy