Galaxy cluster

Galaxy cluster

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Gravitational lensing. Optical image of the cluster of galaxies MS1008.1. The thin blue arcs and lenticular objects are distorted images of background galaxies created by the gravitational field of the cluster. This image was made with the 8.2-metre Very Large Telescope 'Antu' at the Cerro Paranal Observatory, Chile.

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Keywords: antu, astronomy, astrophysics, cluster, cosmic, cosmology, curved space, galaxy cluster, gravitational arcs, gravitational lensing, gravity, ms1008.1, relativity, science, space, universe, ut1, very large telescope, vlt imagery

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