Dec 24, 2020

Hubble captures a clear shot of a ‘Molten Ring’

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The distorted galaxy gets its elegant look thanks to the phenomenon of gravitational lensing.

What we’re really seeing is a unique, lucky view of distant GAL-CLUS-022058s, which is far beyond the elliptical galaxy at the center of this shot. As the light from GAL-CLUS-02258s streams past the closer elliptical, the latter galaxy’s gravity bends in the path of the passing light, amplifying and distorting it into the view we see here.

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