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Using NASA's Huble Space Telescope, astronomers have detected a huge cluster of galaxies some 10 billion light-years away. The cluster is so massive that it distorts light that passes near it.
Arches Cluster - NASA Hubble
~~Supernova remnant G266.2-1.2 (NASA, Chandra, 10/28/13) | NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center~~
You are currently on a 4.5 billion year old spaceship.
A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
The Cone Nebula Hubble Space Telescope Images, NASA Space Mission Image
This view across 24,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy was taken by Hubble to assess the various ages, in the billions of years, of the galaxy's various stars. Of interest is the small dots that appear between the larger, brighter stars of the Milky Way -- those are numerous distant galaxies beyond our own. (NASA, ESA, and L. Bedin, STScI)
Farewell, Atlantis (NASA, International Space Station, 07/19/11) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.
A Tall MilkyWay "There are four hundred billion stars out there just in our galaxy alone.
The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared One of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The dark band of dust that obscures the mid-section of the Sombrero Galaxy in optical light actually glows brightly in infrared light. The above image, digitally sharpened, shows the infrared glow, recently recorded by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope
Central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory's VISTA survey telescope.
Source URL: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0626/Astronomers-find-humongous-galaxy-cluster-thanks-to-gravitational-lensing