NEW HUBBLE PICTURES: First Shots From Upgraded Orbiter

NEW HUBBLE PICTURES: First Shots From Upgraded Orbiter
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Albert Einstein predicted that the gravity of massive objects could actually bend light, creating an optical illusion. Hubble's newly updated Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) captured a dramatic example of this phenomenon, known as "gravitational lensing."

In a set of four photographs released September 9, 2009, the massive galaxy cluster Abell 370 bends the light of galaxies behind it, creating funhouse mirror-like reflections in space.

One such effect, the "Dragon" (top left), is actually several reflections of a background galaxy overlapping one another, Hubble science oversight chair Bob O'Conner explained.
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
 
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