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Gravitational lensing, Hubble animation

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LARS LINDBERG CHRISTENSEN / ESA / HUBBLE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LARS LINDBERG CHRISTENSEN / ESA / HUBBLE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Gravitational Lensing. Artist's animation showing gravitational lensing. Gravitational lensing occurs when a massive object lies between Earth and a much more distant object. The gravitational field of the middle object (the lens) bends the path of light from the more distant object, resulting in an observer seeing distorted images, multiple images or, in the case of a perfect alignment, a ring (called an Einstein ring). This animation is based on data from the Hubble Space Telescope.

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