Sombrero Galaxy Hubble image
I've had this image as a desktop for a year or two - there seems to be several lense candidates in this image. I only realized what these objects were after joining this project.
Example image - http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/files/2013/05/hs-2003-28-a-print.jpg
Its interesting to see lenses (or candidates at least) in a normal galaxy image away from this project. Worth discussing...?
by psaha scientist
There are lots of interesting things in the background of the sombrero galaxy. Several spirals which look a little like lenses, but no good lens candidates as far as I can tell.
The thing with lenses is that they are very rare, and you have to look at a lot of sky before you find one. The beautiful Messier galaxies are comparatively large on the sky, but their vicinity would cover only tens of Spacewarps squares. There would be a few sims in that much area in Spacewarps, but only a lucky few spacewarpers would find a real lens in their first hundred squares 😦
I've done a fair few classifications -- though much less than some people here, and doubt that I've caught a real lens yet! But never mind, the sims are cute, and the discussions boards are endless fun 😃