Gravitational lensing in MACS J1149-2223

This animation shows the effect of strong gravitational lensing, which can also be seen in the galaxy MACS J1149-2223. The mass of the galaxy cluster bends and magnifies the light of more distant objects in the background, making them appear brighter and hence allows telescopes to see them; it also leads to multiple images of the same object. This way Hubble detected the most distant star know to date, called LS1.


ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada

About the Video

Release date:2 April 2018, 17:00
Related releases:heic1807
Duration:24 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:MACS J1149+2223
Type:Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Lensing

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