The Cloverleaf Quasar

The Cloverleaf Quasar, so named because it is actually a single object appearing as four, courtesy of gravitational lensing. In this phenomenon, foreground galaxies bend and magnify the distant quasar's light into four point sources of illumination.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:cloverleaf-quasar
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:21
Size:830 x 816 px

About the Object

Name:Cloverleaf quasar, H 1413+117
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Gravitationally Lensed
Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Distance:z=2.56 (redshift)
Category:Cosmology
Galaxies
Quasars and Black Holes

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