Hubble Captures a “Molten” Einstein Ring –“A Truly Strange and Very Rare Phenomenon”

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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured what they describe as a “truly strange and very rare phenomenon”–the largest and one of the most complete Einstein rings ever discovered in our universe. The object GAL-CLUS-022058s –first theorized to exist by Einstein in his general theory of relativity–has been nicknamed by astronomers studying this Einstein ring as the “Molten Ring,” which alludes to its appearance in the southern hemisphere constellation of Fornax (the Furnace).

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“The Whole Earth Telescope”–Up Next, the Sun?

 

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Unless there’s a planet more advanced existing in the Milky Way using their star as a lensing telescope, odds are that the “terrascope” proposed by Columbia University’s David Kipping, will be the largest in our home galaxy beyond the black-hole Event Horizon Telescope. The terrascope turns Earth into a kind of lens that could filter out light pollution and artificial satellites, and help find the signatures of life on exoplanets.

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