|Observation data (Epoch J2000)|
|Right ascension||22h 40m 30.3s|
|Declination||+3° 21′ 31″|
|Distance||8,000,000,000 ly (2,500,000,000 pc)|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||less than 2"|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||16.78|
|LEDA 69457, Z 378-15|
|See also: Quasar, List of quasars|
The Einstein Cross (Q2237+030 or QSO 2237+0305) is a gravitationally lensed quasar that sits directly behind ZW 2237+030, Huchra's Lens. Four images of the same distant quasar (an additional image is present in the center, but it can't be seen with the naked eye) appear around a foreground galaxy due to strong gravitational lensing.
While gravitationally lensed light sources are often shaped into an Einstein ring, due to the elongated shape of the lensing galaxy and the quasar being off-centre, the images form a peculiar cross-shape instead.
The quasar's redshift indicates that it is located about 8 billion light years from Earth, while the lensing galaxy is at a distance of 400 million light years. The apparent dimensions of the entire foreground galaxy are 0.87 × 0.34 arcminutes, while the apparent dimension of the cross in its centre accounts for only 1.6x1.6 arcseconds.
The Einstein Cross can be found in Pegasus at 22h 40m 30.3s, +3° 21′ 31″.
Amateur astronomers are able to see some of the cross using telescopes; however, it requires extremely dark skies and telescope mirrors with diameters of 18 inches (46 cm) or greater.
The individual images are labelled A through D (i.e. QSO 2237+0305 A), the lensing galaxy is sometimes referred to as QSO 2237+0305 G.
Hubble space telescope captures Einstein Cross.
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- Information about Einstein's Cross on Skyhound.com
- Einstein's Cross core
- Einstein's Cross by Jay Reynolds Freeman
- Photo of the Einstein Cross at Astronomy Picture of the Day (March 11, 2007)
- Google Sky