Jul 7, 2017
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured a detailed image of an extremely distant, gravitationally lensed galaxy they believe contains two dozen patches of newborn stars.
The galaxy in question, SGAS J111020.0+645950.8 (SGAS 1110 for short), is a clumpy, star-forming galaxy approximately 11 billion light-years away.
The Hubble observations of SGAS 1110 were enabled by a cosmic effect known as gravitational lensing.
The gravity of the massive galaxy cluster SDSS J1110+6459, located between SGAS 1110 and Earth, distorts the galaxy’s light, stretching it into an arc and also magnifying it almost 30 times.