Mass Map Of Giant Galaxy Cluster Is Most Precise To Date

July 24, 2014 11:33 PM

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Mass Map Of Giant Galaxy Cluster Is Most Precise To Date

Researchers mapped the mass within a distant galaxy more precisely than ever before using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The team measured the mass inside of the galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1-2403 using data from the telescope and a phenomenon know as gravitational lensing. This occurs when clumps of mass in the universe warp the space time around them; they acts a "lens" and appear to bend light.

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