Hubble captures a "five-star" rated gravitational lens

This full-size Hubble image shows galaxy cluster SDSS J1004+4112 that was discovered as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. It is one of the more distant clusters known (seven billion light-years, redshift z=0.68), and is seen when the Universe was half its present age. The image is the first-ever picture of a single distant quasar lensed into five images and also shows a rich abundance of banana-like arcs from lends background galaxies and even a supernova. Four of the five quasar images are seen as star-like images surrounding the centre of the cluster. The fifth quasar image is embedded to the right of the core of the central galaxy in the cluster.

Credit:

European Space Agency, NASA, Keren Sharon (Tel-Aviv University) and Eran Ofek (CalTech)

About the Image

Id:heic0606b
Type:Observation
Release date:23 May 2006, 12:00
Related releases:heic0606
Size:3598 x 2030 px

About the Object

Name:SDSS J100434.05+4112
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.68 (redshift)

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435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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