Hubble finds double Einstein ring, and other results

Hubble finds double Einstein ring
10 January 2008

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a never-before-seen optical alignment in space: a pair of glowing rings, one nestled inside the other like a bull's-eye pattern. The double-ring pattern is caused by the complex bending of light from two distant galaxies strung directly behind a foreground massive galaxy, like three beads on a string.

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We also present two additional results from Hubble:

The violent lives of galaxies: caught in the cosmic matter web

Hubble maps dark matter web in a large galaxy cluster

Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to dissect one of the largest structures in the Universe as part of a quest to understand the violent lives of galaxies. Hubble is providing indirect evidence of unseen dark matter tugging on galaxies in the crowded, rough-and-tumble environment of a massive supercluster of hundreds of galaxies.

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Hubble finds that 'blue blobs' in space are orphaned clusters of stars

Location of the blue blobs in galaxy group

Hubble has revealed that mysterious ‘blue blobs’ in a structure called Arp’s Loop between M81 and M82 are blue clusters of stars less than 200 million years old with many stars as young as, and even younger than, 10 million years.

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Notes for editors:

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.

For more information:

Lars Lindberg Christensen, Hubble/ESA, Garching, Germany

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