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Images Dated 17th January 2000

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A Cosmic Magnifying Glass Featured 17 Jan 2000 Image

A Cosmic Magnifying Glass

Scanning the heavens for the first time since the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope imaged a giant, cosmic magnifying glass, a massive cluster of galaxies called Abell 2218. This hefty cluster resides in the constellation Draco, some 2 billion light-years from Earth. The cluster is so massive that its enormous gravitational field deflects light rays passing through it, much as an optical lens bends light to form an image. This phenomenon, called gravitational lensing, magnifies, brightens, and distorts images from faraway objects. The cluster's magnifying powers provides a powerful "zoom lens" for viewing distant galaxies that could not normally be observed with the largest telescopes. The picture is dominated by spiral and elliptical galaxies. Resembling a string of tree lights, the biggest and brightest galaxies are members of the foreground cluster. Researchers are intrigued by a tiny red dot just left of top center. This dot may be an extremely remote object made visible by the cluster's magnifying powers. Further investigation is needed to confirm the object's identity. The color picture already reveals several arc-shaped features that are embedded in the cluster and cannot be easily seen in the black-and- white image. The colors in this picture yield clues to the ages, distances, and temperatures of stars, the stuff of galaxies. Blue pinpoints hot young stars. The yellow-white color of several of the galaxies represents the combined light of many stars. Red identifies cool stars, old stars, and the glow of stars in distant galaxies. This view is only possible by combining Hubble's unique image quality with the rare lensing effect provided by the magnifying cluster

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open-uri20120927-8852-1gh908o Featured 17 Jan 2000 Image

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Benetton B200 Launch, Barcelona, 18/1/00
New test driver - Hidetoshi Mitsusada -portrait.
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Tse Bighanilini Slot Canyon (Upper Antelope Canyon) Featured 17 Jan 2000 Image

Tse Bighanilini Slot Canyon (Upper Antelope Canyon)

Tse Bighanilini Slot Canyon (Upper Antelope Canyon), carved sandstone formations, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States of America, North America

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