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).



About the Image

Release date:14 September 2007
Related releases:eso0740
Size:3071 x 1998 px

About the Object

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

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