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English: Gravitational lensing

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows several blue, loop-shaped objects that actually are multiple images of the same galaxy. They have been duplicated by the gravitational lens of the cluster of yellow, elliptical and spiral galaxies - called 0024+1654 - near the photograph's centre. farther away.

Though the gravitational light-bending process is not new,no claim to copyright is being asserted by STScI and it may be freely used as in the public domain in accordance with NASA's contract. However, it is requested that in any subsequent use of this work NASA and STScI be given appropriate acknowledgement.”

PREPARED BY Adrian Pingstone in December 2003.
Date 24 April 1996
Source Image from Hubble website
Author STScl/NASA
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  • Gravitational Lens
  • Galaxy Cluster 0024+1654
  • Hubble Space Telescope. WFPC2
  • PRC96-10. ST Scl OPO. April 24, 1996. W. Colley (Princeton Univ.), NASA
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