Einstein Universal Decoder Ring

Okay, so no, the reference in the title of this post does not refer to anything you are likely to find in a Cracker Jack box. Perhaps if you used a Cracker Jack box as a metaphor for the universe… but I digress.

Hubble has helped us witness what is known as a “double Einstein Ring“:

An Einstein Ring happens when two galaxies are perfectly aligned. The closer galaxy acts as a lens, magnifying and distorting the view of a more distant galaxy. But today astronomers announced that they’ve discovered a double Einstein Ring: three galaxies are perfectly aligned, creating a double ring around the lensing galaxy. The odds of finding something like this are pretty low. And yet… here it is.

Incredible. I’m happy just being able to find my keys in the morning.


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