New Magnifying Glass Spotted by Hubble

August 1, 2014 5:20 AM

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New Magnifying Glass Spotted by Hubble

Astronomers can now see back as far as 9.6 billion years thanks to Hubble’s new discovery: a lensing galaxy that is the most distant cosmic magnifying glass we’ve found to date. Because a lensing galaxy is so massive, it bends gravity, distorts light from the objects behind it and magnifies.

Recently, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a gigantic elliptical galaxy. Because of its size, the galaxy has created a lens that permits astronomers to see back 9.6 billion years.

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