The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured an incredible view of a gravitationally lensed galaxy. Such gravitational lensing occurs when huge celestial bodies like a galaxy cluster bend the light. The object which appears to be distorted due to it is said to be lensed.
Gravitational lensing can result in the creation of many images of the original galaxy, or can make the background object appear like a distorted arc or a ring, as in the most recent image released by the Hubble Telescope.
Gravitational lensing also tends to magnify the object, which is advantageous for astronomers since it makes distant objects visible that would otherwise be out of sight.
The recently taken photo is part of a set of observations carried out by the Hubble Telescope. Here, the telescope uses gravitational lensing to investigate galaxies in the early universe. The lensing may also help scientists understand how the galaxies evolved as a whole.
Due to its sensitivity and incredible vision, the Hubble Telescope is capable of detecting lensed galaxies. These allow the telescope to detect even the faintest and distant gravitational lenses. Ground-based telescopes cannot be used to carry out the task because of the blurry effect of Earth's atmosphere.
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