A monstrous cluster of galaxies lurks at the heart of this Hubble Space Telescope image. (Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, H. Ebeling)

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope gazes into the lair of a cosmic leviathan, a monstrous cluster of galaxies located nine billion light-years away in the constellation Draco.

Like a sea monster in ancient myth submerged and waiting to snatch unfortunate sailors to their doom, this celestial beast can be seen by the ripples around it. This leviathan is so titanic, however, that the ripples aren’t traveling the surface of an ocean or lake but rather are distortions in the fabric of space-time itself. 


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