Tag: Gravitational lensing

Hubble Spots 'Smiling Face' While Looking For New Stars

NASA released a photo of dozens of distant galaxy clusters taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Gravitational lensing has caused some of the light from the galaxies to look like a smiling face.

Space November 5, 2018

Researchers Identity Areas Of The Universe Where Dark Matter Might Be Found

Researchers from Japan, Taiwan, and the United States created a cosmic map of dark matter using the Hyper Suprime-Cam. The map was inferred from the distortion of galaxies created by gravitational lensing.

Space October 4, 2018

Most Ancient Spiral Galaxy May Shed Light On Evolution Of Milky Way

Gravitational lensing helped confirm the nature of the spiral galaxy A1689B11, which existed 2.6 billion years after the Big Bang. What makes A1689B11 different from other ancient galaxies?

Space November 5, 2017

NASA's Hubble Telescope Captures Fireworks Image Of Stars That Formed Just After The Big Bang

Gravitational lensing and new computational methods helped NASA's Hubble Space Telescope capture sharper images of a galaxy that formed 2.7 billion years after the Big Bang. The images revealed two dozen clumps of newborn stars.

Space July 9, 2017

Image Confirms Invisible Dark Matter Connects Galaxies In The Universe

A combined image of more than 23,000 galaxy pairs suggests that dark matter exists. It also confirms galaxies are connected together through a cosmic web of the invisible substance.

Space April 15, 2017

Astronomers Capture First Image Of Elusive Dark Matter

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have captured a composite image of the elusive dark matter for the first time. The mysterious matter’s image has the face of a ghost and teased out by gravitational lensing method.

Space April 14, 2017

Astronomers Turn To Ancient Stardust For Insight On First Stars

An international team of astronomers spotted a young galaxy that is full of stardust from the early universe, offering clues on the formation of the first stars in the universe. The A2744_YD4 is the most remote galaxy ever spotted.

Space March 9, 2017

Dwarf Dark Galaxy Spotted Through Gravitational Lens - Check It Out!

A dark matter galaxy may have been detected, by accident, by astronomers testing equipment at ALMA. How did they find a galaxy that does not give out light?

Space April 15, 2016

ALMA Uses Closer Galaxy As 'Magnifying Glass' To See Ancient Galaxy

Researchers at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array observatory have captured a highly detailed image of a star formation located in a remote area of the universe.

Space June 9, 2015

Scientists Theorize That Dark Matter May Be Interacting With Strange 'Dark Force'

Researchers from England's Durham University have discovered the possibility of dark matter causing galaxies to 'separate' from other elements in the universe.

Space April 21, 2015

ALMA Spots Einstein Ring (It's Not Eye Of Sauron) In Amazing Image Of Distant Lensed Galaxy

Gravitational lensing, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, creates a dramatic cosmic sight. A perfect ring of light shows a galaxy 12 billion light years away.

Space April 7, 2015

Einstein Cross: How Hubble Captured Images Of Supernova Explosion Four Times

Light from a supernova that exploded more than 9 billion years ago passes a massive cluster of galaxies, resulting in four separate images of the supernova in the shape of a cross. The phenomenon is known as Einstein cross.

Space March 9, 2015

Say Cheese! Hubble Spots Smiley Face In Space: What Could It Be?

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope features what appears to be a smiling face with two gleaming eyes. The cosmic smile has drawn attention after artist Judy Schmidt submitted a version of the image to the Hubble's Hidden Treasures competition.

Space February 10, 2015

Cosmic magnifying glass uncovers stunning view of colliding galaxies

By using many telescopes and a natural effect that creates a sort of magnifying lens in space, an international team of astronomers now have the best view yet of two galaxies merging.

Internet Culture August 27, 2014

Discovery of lens galaxy that doubles as a cosmic 'magnifying glass' excites boffins

Astronomers have stumbled upon a galaxy so huge it serves as a magnifying lens for whatever is behind it. And what’s behind it is another galaxy that is the farthest discovered galaxy to date.

Space August 3, 2014

Massive supernova not so bright after all

An "ordinary" Type 1a supernova was seen, apparently giving off the same amount of energy as 100 billion suns. How did nature dupe astronomers?

Space April 28, 2014

Scientists spot 'upside-down planet' by accident, discover binary star system 2,600 light years from Earth

Researchers have discovered an 'upside-down planet' with unusual gravitational lensing characteristics. The self-lensing planet may lead to the development of new techniques that could be used to study binary star systems.

Space April 23, 2014

Monster black hole RX J1131-1231 spins at over half the speed of light

A massive black hole has been spotted rotating at over half the speed of light. But, what does that tell us about the life of the mysterious object?

Space March 6, 2014

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