July 22, 2016

Hubble image of galaxy cluster MACS J0717

Hubble image of galaxy cluster MACS J0717

This enormous image shows Hubble’s view of massive galaxy cluster MACS J0717.5+3745. The large field of view is a combination of 18 separate Hubble images.

Studying the distorting effects of gravity on light from background galaxies, a team of astronomers has uncovered the presence of a filament of dark matter extending from the core of the cluster. This is one of the first positive detections of a filament, and the most precise to date.

Using additional observations from ground-based telescopes, the team were able to map the filament’s structure in three dimensions, the first time this has ever been done.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Harald Ebeling, Jean-Paul Kneib (LAM)
Explanation from: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1215b/

1 comment:

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