Galaxy Cluster Abell 1835

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image was taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in red light. The two hour exposure spans 2.5 arcminutes. The image shows an overview of the massive galaxy cluster Abell 1835 (right) which is acting as a gravitational telescope enhancing the light from background galaxies. The galaxy cluster is at a distance of 3.5 billion light years and numerous gravitational arcs can be seen in the image. In the centre of the cluster a massive giant elliptical galaxy is surrounded by several smaller ellipticals. The box indicates the galaxy SMM J14011+0252, also called J1/J2, which was first observed with the SCUBA (Sub-millimetre Common User Bolometer Array) instrument on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii.

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ESA & Jean-Paul Kneib (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées)

About the Image

Release date:6 September 2000, 15:00
Related releases:heic0005
Size:2970 x 3008 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 1835, J1/J2, SMM J14011+0252
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=2.565 (redshift)

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Position (RA):14 1 1.42
Position (Dec):2° 52' 18.21"
Field of view:2.46 x 2.49 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 94.3° right of vertical

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