Astronomers Map Itsy Bitsy Galaxy Halfway Across Universe

tiny galaxy, nearly halfway across the universe A tiny galaxy (lower right), nearly halfway across the universe, the smallest in size and mass known to exist at that distance.
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October 04, 2007

Leonidas Moustakas of JPL and his international colleagues have used a trick of nature called gravitational lensing to make a detailed map of a tiny galaxy nearly halfway across the universe. The little galaxy, the smallest in size and mass measured that far away, can be seen at the center of the image as a ring around a bright dot. Why is the galaxy a ring? The dot in the center is actually a different galaxy in the foreground, whose gravity is bending the tiny galaxy's light into what's called an Einstein ring.

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