Wide field view of Abell 383 (ground-based image)

This ground-based view shows the area of sky around the lensing cluster Abell 383. Lensing clusters are clusters of elliptical galaxies whose gravity is so strong that they distort and magnify the light from faraway galaxies behind them. This can be a useful tool for astronomers when they want to observe galaxies that are very distant and very faint, as the distortion from the lens is compensated by the greatly increased brightness.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

Id:heic1106d
Type:Observation
Release date:12 April 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1106
Size:10665 x 10692 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 383
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.187 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
DSS
Optical
R
DSS

Image Formats

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