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Cloverleaf quasar

Cloverleaf quasar

C051/9745

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25.3 MB (1.2 MB compressed)

3000 x 2949 pixels

25.4 x 24.9 cm ⏐ 10.0 x 9.8 in (300dpi)

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EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

Cloverleaf quasar, named after its four distorted images caused by gravitational lensing. This phenomenon causes the quasar's light to be warped and magnified by a massive foreground galaxy into four point sources of illumination.

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