News tagged with gravitational lensing

Dark matter core defies explanation

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Telescope have observed what appears to be a clump of dark matter left behind from a wreck between massive clusters of galaxies. The result could ...

Mar 02, 2012
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Distorting the lens

(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the most bizarre predictions of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity is the existence of back holes, objects that are so dense that not even light can escape from their gravitational ...

Feb 09, 2012
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Lensed galaxies

In 1915, Einstein amazed the world by predicting that the path of light could be bent by mass. As a consequence, light from a distant galaxy passing by an intervening galaxy en route to earth will be distorted. ...

Nov 12, 2010
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Astronomers discover an unusual cosmic lens

Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have discovered the first known case of a distant galaxy being ...

Jul 16, 2010
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Weak Lensing Gains Strength

(PhysOrg.com) -- Berkeley Lab cosmologists were part of an international team that has extended the relationship between the x-ray luminosity and the mass of galaxy clusters as measured by gravitational lensing, ...

Jan 19, 2010
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Most distant detection of water in the Universe

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have found the most distant signs of water in the Universe to date. Dr John McKean of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) will be presenting the discovery at ...

Apr 22, 2009
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Physicists see the cosmos in a coffee cup

(PhysOrg.com) -- A Duke University professor and his graduate student have discovered a universal principle that unites the curious interplay of light and shadow on the surface of your morning coffee with ...

Apr 14, 2009
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