News tagged with lenses

Space telescopes pinpoint elusive brown dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic ...

dateNov 10, 2016 in Astronomy
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Impostor planet exposed by astronomers

(Phys.org)—Don't be fooled by its light curve exhibiting anomalies like those caused by planets—one microlensing event with a fancy name OGLE-2016-BLG-0733 is doing a really good job of mimicking an extrasolar world. ...

dateNov 09, 2016 in Astronomy report
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Gaia spies two temporarily magnified stars

While scanning the sky to measure the position of over one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite has detected two rare instances of stars whose light was temporarily boosted by other celestial objects passing ...

dateOct 28, 2016 in Astronomy
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'Pandora's Cluster' seen by Spitzer

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant ...

dateSep 29, 2016 in Astronomy
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