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NASA’s Hubble Spots Rare Gravitational Arc from Distant, Hefty Galaxy Cluster


Seeing is believing, except when you don’t believe what you see. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling  arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing  10 billion light-years away. The galactic grouping, discovered by NASA’s  Spitzer Space Telescope, was observed when the universe was roughly a  quarter of its current age of 13.7 billion years.

The giant arc is the stretched shape of a more distant galaxy whose  light is distorted by the monster cluster’s powerful gravity, an effect  called gravitational lensing. The trouble is, the arc shouldn’t exist.

Full Story: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/19/

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