Pandora’s Cluster

There are around 50,000 sources of near-infrared light in this deep-field image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. It shows never-before-seen details in a region of space known as Pandora’s Cluster (Abell 2744). This new view displays three massive clusters of galaxies coming together to form a megacluster. Their combined mass creates a powerful gravitational lens, a natural magnification effect of gravity, allowing more distant galaxies to be observed by using the cluster like a magnifying glass.

Pandora’s central core has previously been studied in detail the Hubble Space Telescope. JWST allows a broader mosaic view of the region’s multiple areas of lensing.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / CSA / I. Labbe (Swinburne University of Technology) / R. Bezanson (University of Pittsburgh) / Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

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