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|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||11h 48m 33.1s|
|Declination||19° 30′ 03″|
0.4457 (foreground galaxy)|
2.379 (lensed galaxy)
5.2 Gly (1.6 Gpc) (foreground galaxy)|
10.3 Gly (3.2 Gpc) (lensed galaxy)h−1
|Apparent magnitude (B)||20.3|
|Type||E (Luminous red galaxy) (foreground galaxy)|
|Mass||5.2 × 1012 M☉|
|Notable features||Gravitationally lensed system|
The foreground galaxy lies directly in front in our line of sight to a more distant galaxy. Due to the passage of the light from the background galaxy through the gravity field of the foreground galaxy, the background galaxy's light is lensed by the warped spacetime environment of the foreground galaxy. Thus giving the background galaxy a warped appearance. Unlike most lensed galaxies, the shape of the lensed light of this background galaxy appears shaped like a horseshoe.
The foreground galaxy, LRG 3-757, is found to be extremely massive, with a mass a hundred times that of our galaxy. It is notable because it belongs to a rare class of galaxies called luminous red galaxies, which has an extremely luminous infrared emission.
- "CSWA 1". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- Belokurov, V.; et al. (December 2007). "The Cosmic Horseshoe: Discovery of an Einstein Ring around a Giant Luminous Red Galaxy". The Astrophysical Journal. 671 (1): L9–L12. arXiv:0706.2326. Bibcode:2007ApJ...671L...9B. doi:10.1086/524948.