Record-Breaking Cosmic 'Magnifying Glass' Found by Hubble Telescope

July 31, 2014 9:23 PM

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Record-Breaking Cosmic 'Magnifying Glass' Found by Hubble Telescope

In this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, a giant elliptical galaxy 9.6 billion light-years away appears as a red patch. The bluish dot and tadpole-shaped smear are the distorted and magnified shapes of a more distant spiral galaxy 10.7 billion light-years away.

In a surprising discovery, astronomers have found a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced today (July 31).

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