Chasing 'Hidden' Galaxies (Artist's Impression)

Artist's impression showing a galaxy located between an observer on Earth and a background quasar that acts as a beacon. The light that travels from the quasar is intercepted by the foreground galaxy on its sightline, carrying out the galaxy's signature all the way to the observer. The sketch shows a side-on view of the system. The inset shows a face-on view of it, the same view captured (albeit with less detail) by the images taken with the SINFONI instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (see ESO Press Release eso0740).

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About the Image

Id:eso0740b
Type:Collage
Release date:14 September 2007
Related releases:eso0740
Size:3071 x 1998 px

About the Object

Name:Galaxy, Quasar
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Category:Galaxies
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