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Fraser
2010-Jul-21, 02:40 PM
Gravitation lensing – a phenomenon that falls out of Einstein's theory of general relativity – has been observed numerous times, making for some fantastic images of rings, arcs and crosses composed of massive galaxies light years away. As the light from a background object is bent by gravity around a foreground object, multiple, magnified images [...]

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ravens_cry
2010-Jul-21, 08:29 PM
Cool, this means we can actually find out the mass of a quasar!
How awesome is that?
A lot, thank you very much, a lot.

George
2010-Jul-21, 11:54 PM
Impressive and surprising. If it turns out the distant galaxy is the Milky Way, I'll really be impressed. ;)