Hubble’s Inside the Image: Refsdal

  • Released Friday, May 17, 2024

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken an image of a lensing galaxy cluster that caught the same supernova, nicknamed Refsdal, exploding four different times!

In this video, Dr. Brian Welch explains this breathtaking image and how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Producer, Director & Editor: James Leigh

Director of Photography: James Ball

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films

Video Credits:
Hubble Space Telescope Animation:
ESA/Hubble - M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen

Animations of Galaxy Cluster With Gravitational Lensing & Lensed Supernova:
ESA/Hubble - L. Calçada

Artist’s Impression of Gravitational Lensing:
ESA/Hubble - M. Kornmesser

Animations of Lensed Supernova Detections:

Music Credits:
"Transcode" by Lee Groves [PRS], and Peter George Marett [PRS] via Universal Production Music

"Perennial Ice" by Matthew Nicholson [PRS], and Suki Jeanette Finn [PRS] via Atmosphere Music Ltd. [PRS] and Universal Production Music

Vertical Version

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Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, please credit individual items as indicated above.

Release date

This page was originally published on Friday, May 17, 2024.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 4:03 PM EDT.


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