The distant dusty galaxy A1689-zD1 behind the galaxy cluster Abell 1689

This spectacular view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the rich galaxy cluster Abell 1689. The huge concentration of mass bends light coming from more distant objects and can increase their total apparent brightness and make them visible. One such object, A1689-zD1, appears in this picture — although it is still so faint that it is barely seen.

New observations with ALMA and ESO’s VLT have revealed that A1689-zD1 is a dusty galaxy seen when the Universe was just 700 million years old.


NASA; ESA; L. Bradley (Johns Hopkins University); R. Bouwens (University of California, Santa Cruz); H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University); and G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz)

About the Image

Id: eso1508c
Type: Observation
Release date: 2 March 2015, 17:00
Related releases: eso1508
Size: 3853 x 4000 px

About the Object


Position (RA): 13 11 30.09
Position (Dec): -1&deg 20′ 18.90″
Field of view: 3.21 x 3.33 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 115.2° right of vertical

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