Hubble maps dark matter web in a large galaxy cluster (individual image 1)

A Hubble study pinpointed four main areas in the supercluster where dark matter has pooled into dense clumps. These areas match the location of hundreds of galaxies that have experienced a violent history in their passage from the outskirts of the supercluster into these dense regions. To make this image, astronomers superimposed the dark matter map over a Hubble visible-light image of the supercluster galaxies.

The image is part of the Space Telescope Abell 901/902 Galaxy Evolution Survey (STAGES), which covers one of the largest patches of sky ever observed by the Hubble telescope. The area surveyed is so wide that it took 80 Hubble images to cover the entire field.

Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys made the observations in June and July 2005 and in January 2006.


Credit for the Hubble images: NASA, ESA, C. Heymans (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), M. Gray (University of Nottingham, U.K.), M. Barden (Innsbruck), and the STAGES collaboration

Credit for the ground-based image: ESO, C. Wolf (Oxford University, U.K.), K. Meisenheimer (Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), and the COMBO-17 collaboration

About the Image

Release date:10 January 2008, 16:00
Related releases:heic0802
Size:487 x 480 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 901, Abell 902
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Supercluster
• Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Dark Matter
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.17 (redshift)

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MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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