Astronomers Create Most Precise Map of Distant Galaxy Cluster Yet

July 24, 2014 6:08 PM

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With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have managed to create the most precise map of a distant galaxy cluster. The new map reveals the amount and distribution of mass within a cluster estimated to be 160 trillion times the mass of the sun.

The galaxy cluster itself is called MCS J0416.1-2403. It was actually mapped thanks to strong gravitational lensing, which makes objects look closer than they actually are. This, in turn, allows astronomers to view objects in unprecedented detail with the new Hubble data.

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