Galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015

This view from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0647.7+7015. Astronomers used the powerful gravity from the cluster to magnify the light from a distant galaxy, using an effect called gravitational lensing.

The bright yellow galaxies near the center of the image are cluster members; due to the gravitational lensing technique, astronomers observed three magnified images of a far more distant galaxy called MACS0647-JD with the Hubble telescope. These are visible as small red dots in this image.

This is the latest discovery from a large program, called the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH), that uses natural zoom lenses to reveal distant galaxies in the early Universe.

This image is a composite taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys. The observations were taken 5 October and 29 November 2011.


NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (Space Telescope Science Institute), and the CLASH team

About the Image

Release date:15 November 2012, 19:00
Related releases:heic1217
Size:1578 x 1520 px

About the Object

Name:MCS J0647.7+7015
Type:• Unspecified : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Lensing
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
Distance:z=11.0 (redshift)

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