Hubble Telescope Spots the Farthest Magnifying Glass Galaxy

August 1, 2014 8:45 AM

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Hubble Telescope Spots the Farthest Magnifying Glass Galaxy

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found the farthest lensing galaxy to date. Lensing galaxies are so enormous that they behave as magnifying glass for features behind them. This enables scientists to observe small faraway galaxies that are too dim to be seen. They have gravity capable of bending light from smaller galaxies beyond them.

Light from the galaxy has taken 9.6 billion years to reach our planet. The galaxy is magnifying a small spiral galaxy behind it which scientists say is going through a surge of star formation. The spiral galaxy is 10.7 billion light years from us.

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