The James Webb Space Telescope has captured an image that may make viewers double take.
The shot features a special galaxy cluster – known as RX J2129 – and three different images of the same supernova-hosting galaxy.
RX J2129 is located approximately 3.2 billion light-years from Earth in the constellation Aquarius.
The tripled galaxy is shown this way due to gravitational lensing.
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Gravitational lensing occurs when a massive celestial body causes a sufficient curvature of spacetime to bend the path of light traveling past or through it – like a vast lens.
The mass and gravity of the galaxy cluster is so great that time and space around it is warped, magnifying, multiplying and distorting galaxies behind it.
The supernova in the triple-lensed background galaxy was discovered by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.
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It contains a Type Ia supernova. Supernovae are explosions that take place during the… Source www.foxnews.com