Near Perfect Einstein Ring Found
One of the rarest and most incredible anomalies in our Universe has just been discovered by an international team of astrophysicists 10,000 million light-years away.
Originally predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, an Einstein Ring is created when two distant galaxies align perfectly.
Named the Canarias Einstein ring, this stunning find was discovered by chance by PhD student Margherita Bettinelli from the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands, while analyzing a dwarf galaxy through the Dark Energy Camera.
An Einstein ring occurs when a very distant galaxy is viewed through the ‘lens’ of a galaxy between it and the observer, in which the massive galaxy in the middle bends light due to a strong gravitational field, which means that when the two galaxies are exactly aligned, a halo effect is created.
“The Canarias Einstein ring is one of the most symmetrical examples of the phenomenon ever discovered,” researchers say, “and is almost exactly circular – meaning the two galaxies are almost exactly aligned. They add that although we have yet to see a perfectly formed Einstein ring, the Canarias one comes close.