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Meet the Frontier Fields: Abell 370

11 Mar 2014, 13:28 UTC
Meet the Frontier Fields: Abell 370
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This is the last in a series of six posts introducing and providing essential facts about each of the Frontier Fields.
Abell 370 has several hundred galaxies in its core, or center. This galaxy cluster has a storied astronomical history and was one of the first clusters in which astronomers observed gravitational lensing. In the archival Hubble image at below right, the long arc on the right was found not to be a member of the cluster by ground-based observations. The arc is actually a lensed galaxy residing two times farther away than the cluster.
The Abell catalogue of galaxy clusters was first compiled by astronomer George O. Abell in 1958, with over 2,700 galaxy clusters observable from the Northern Hemisphere. The Abell catalogue was updated in 1989 with galaxy clusters from the Southern Hemisphere. Abell 370 is the most distant galaxy cluster in the Abell catalogue, but we now know of many galaxy clusters that are even more distant.
Left: The locations of Hubble’s observations of the Abell 370 galaxy cluster (right) and the adjacent parallel field (left) are plotted over a Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) image. The blue boxes outline the regions of Hubble’s visible-light observations, and ...

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