News Release Number: STScI-2012-19
NASA’s Hubble Spots Rare Gravitational Arc from Distant, Hefty Galaxy Cluster
June 26, 2012 01:00 PM (EDT)
JUNE 26, 2012: Seeing is believing, except when you don’t believe what you see. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away. The galactic grouping, discovered by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, was observed when the universe was roughly a quarter of its current age of 13.7 billion years.
The giant arc is the stretched shape of a more distant galaxy whose light is distorted by the monster cluster’s powerful gravity, an effect called gravitational lensing. The trouble is, the arc shouldn’t exist.
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- University of Florida astronomer reports rare case of gravitational lensing (eurekalert.org)
- Hubble views the globular cluster M10 (phys.org)