From Earth to the Universe: Picture of the day


EINSTEIN CROSS

A chance alignment of a galaxy and a quasar results in this amazing sight captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The gravitational field of the galaxy (centre) bends the light in its path from a quasar, a super-bright galaxy, about 20 times further away. The exact shape of the gravity field determines how many images of the quasar are seen, and what shape they have.

Credit: Image made in visible light by NASA / ESA.

In 2009, the "From Earth to the Universe" project brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. Take a tour of just some of the locations in a short video on the FETTU Highlights page.