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Space bender: A galaxy cluster distorts the fabric of space, creating beautiful patterns of light

15 May 2017, 12:45 UTC
Space bender: A galaxy cluster distorts the fabric of space, creating beautiful patterns of light NASA, ESA/Hubble, HST Frontier Fields

It’s pretty rare to find a galaxy that’s all alone in space. For example, our Milky Way is part of a small commune of galaxies called the Local Group, a few dozen galaxies of which we and the Andromeda galaxy are the biggest. The whole grouping is about 10 million light-years across, and most of the galaxies are so small and faint that they were only found relatively recently.

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