The image above was taken using the eMERLIN array of radio telescopes, which included the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory where BBC Stargazing Live is filmed. It shows the arc of a lensed galaxy which is over 10 billion lightyears from Earth! This lens event was discovered by our volunteers on Space Warps during this year’s series of Stargazing Live shows. Below is the original VICS82 image seen by our citizen scientists.
Follow-up observations by some of the world’s largest telescopes have confirmed that this is a new discovery made by Space Warps users. Over the last three days, tens of thousands of volunteers have contributed over 7 million classifications and there are many more lens candidates like this one to investigate.
You can read more about the results from Stargazing in Rob’s blog post here http://blog.zooniverse.org/2014/01/09/stargazing-live-the-results-are-in/