Hubble Captures a Stunning ‘Einstein Ring’ Magnifying The Depths of The Universe
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posted on Aug, 21 2021 @ 02:10 PM
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Hubble is back and once again delivering the goods , this time the telescope has captured a stunning image of an ‘Einstein Ring’ , basically a cosmic looking glass created in this instance by the gravity of 2 Galaxies at the centre of the ring.
In the center in the image is a shiny, near-perfect ring with what appear to be four bright spots threaded along it, looping around two more points with a golden glow.
This is called an Einstein ring, and those bright dots are not six galaxies, but three: the two in the middle of the ring, and one quasar behind it, its light distorted and magnified as it passes through the gravitational field of the two foreground galaxies.
Because the mass of the two foreground galaxies is so high, this causes a gravitational curvature of space-time around the pair. Any light that then travels through this space-time follows this curvature and enters our telescopes smeared and distorted – but also magnified.
Just fabulous! Bravo Hubble Team!