Thursday, October 09, 2008

Early Spiral Galaxy

via Gizmodo:
"For the first time ever, scientists have captured an spiral galaxy in its early stages of formation, only two billion years after the Big Bang.

A Cosmic Eye is a unique configuration of galaxies in the sky, with one galaxy in the foreground and the other in the background, giving it the appearance of an eye in space. The foreground galaxy— in this case the yellow one, 2.2 billion light years from Earth—acts as the lenses thanks to its gravitational field, which bends the light coming from the background galaxy—in blue, 11 billion light years from Earth. This distortion effect, which was predicted by Einstein theories, has enlarged the early spiral galaxy by eight times."

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