When I see all of these wonderful examples of gravitational lensing that the Hubble has collected, I think about Einstein and his accurate prediction of their existence. I wish he were still alive today to observe them directly with us. It’s easy to forget what a privilege it is to peer at the Universe with such acuity…
Oh, identifying this cluster is a little difficult, hence the lack of name. It’s referenced as LRG-3-817 in the Hubble archive but I haven’t been able to figure out what catalog LRG is. I think it’s some reference to Luminous Red Galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The group on the right is referred to as SDSSCGB 45196 in SIMBAD but there are no other references to it. It’s nearly anonymous.
Red: hst_11602_01_wfc3_uvis_f814w_sci + WFC3/IR F110W + WFC/IR F160W
North is up.
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