New Hubble view of galaxy cluster Abell 1689
This new Hubble image shows galaxy cluster Abell 1689. It combines both visible and infrared data from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) with a combined exposure time of over 34 hours (image on left over 13 hours, image on right over 20 hours) to reveal this patch of sky in greater and striking detail than in previous observations.
This image is peppered with glowing golden clumps, bright stars, and distant, ethereal spiral galaxies. Material from some of these galaxies is being stripped away, giving the impression that the galaxy is dripping, or bleeding, into the surrounding space. Also visible are a number of electric blue streaks, circling and arcing around the fuzzy galaxies in the centre.
These streaks are the telltale signs of a cosmic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. Abell 1689 is so massive that it bends and warps the space around it, affecting how light from objects behind the cluster travels through space. These streaks are the distorted forms of galaxies that lie behind the cluster.
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Blakeslee (NRC Herzberg Astrophysics Program, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and H. Ford (JHU)
About the Image
|Release date:||12 September 2013, 17:00|
|Size:||4002 x 3863 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Abell 1689, Virgo Cluster|
|Type:||• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed|
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
|Distance:||2 billion light years|
Colours & filters
|475 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|625 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|775 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|Hubble Space Telescope|