This packed ESA/Hubble Image of the Week showcases the galaxy cluster ACO S 295, in addition to a jostling crowd of background galaxies and foreground stars. Galaxies of all sizes and shapes populate this picture, starting from stately spirals to fuzzy ellipticals. In addition to a spread of sizes, this galactic menagerie boasts a spread of orientations, with spiral galaxies such because the one on the heart of this picture showing nearly face on, and a few edge-on spiral galaxies seen solely as skinny slivers of sunshine.
The cluster dominates the middle of this picture, each visually and bodily. The massive mass of the galaxy cluster has gravitationally lensed the background galaxies, distorting and smearing their shapes. In addition to offering astronomers with a pure magnifying glass with which to review distant galaxies, gravitational lensing has subtly framed the middle of this picture, producing a visually putting scene.