Astronomers Find Galaxy Cluster with Mass of Two Quadrillion Suns

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Astronomers Find Galaxy Cluster with Mass of Two Quadrillion Suns

NASA and ESO astronomers have joined forces to observe RCS2 J2327-0204, one of the most massive galaxy clusters known at its distance or beyond.


RCS2 J2327-0204 is an extremely massive cluster of galaxies located approximately 6 billion light-years away.

Massive objects such as RCS2 J2327-0204 have such a strong influence on their surroundings that they visibly warp the space around them.

This effect is known as gravitational lensing.

In this way, they cause the light from more distant objects to be bent, distorted, and magnified, allowing us to see galaxies that would otherwise be far too distant to detect.


The galaxy cluster RCS2 J2327-0204.

Gravitational lensing is one of the predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Strong lensing produces stunning images of distorted galaxies and sweeping arcs; both of which can be seen in this image.

Astronomers Find Galaxy Cluster with Mass of Two Quadrillion Suns | Astronomy | Sci-News.com


Incredible find - congratulations to NASA and ESO :smiley:
 

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It adds more truth to the idea Earth is just a backwater planet.
Imagine what's out there if we're here though. We might find a planet of Godsdog people we can ship him off to and they can live hippily ever after.
 
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