NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's sharp view was used to look for gravitational arcs and rings which are produced when one galaxy acts as a lens to magnify and distort the appearance of another galaxy behind it.
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Quasar Lenses


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The Hubble Space Telescope's sharp view was used to look for gravitational arcs and rings (indicated by arrows in inserts above), which are produced when one galaxy acts as a lens to magnify and distort the appearance of another galaxy behind it. In this case, the foreground galaxies contain actively accreting black holes called quasars.

Image details

ID#:
PIA15418

Date added:
2012-03-15

Mission:
Hubble Space Telescope

Instruments:
Wide Field Camera 3

Size:
1057 x 528 pixels (width x height)

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2,897

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PIA15418.tif (1.68 MB)

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PIA15418.jpg (0.06 MB)

Image credit:
NASA, ESA, EPFL (Switzerland)