Monday, August 26, 2013

Quick - What Is IT?

Hey Space Placers!

What is this picture of:

Give up?

It is a picture of a quasar that has been gravitationally lensed into SIX separate images - the blue spots - by an intervening cluster of galaxies. This is the only known instance in which this has happened.

Distant objects such as galaxies or quasars - active black holes - are captured by these gravitational lenses that allows us to see objects we might not be able to see otherwise. 

Sky Guy in VA

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