Amazing Einstein Ring 'Eye of Sauron' Ancient Galaxy Captured by ALMA

April 8, 2015 8:00 AM

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(Photo : ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ); B. Saxton NRAO/AUI/NSF) ALMA image of the gravitationally lensed galaxy SDP.81. The bright orange central region of the ring reveals the glowing dust in this distant galaxy. The surrounding lower-resolution portions of the ring trace the millimeter wavelength light emitted by carbon monoxide.

A distant galaxy with an Einstein ring spotted by astronomers is considered one of the most stunning examples of this phenomenon seen using the most powerful ground based observatory in the world.

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