Gravitational Lensing

Advanced Civilizations Could use Their Stars to Communicate (and as Telescopes)

A Long Distance Call E.T. managed to call home with a Speak and Spell, buzzsaw blade, and an umbrella. The…

5 days ago

What a Perfect Gravitational Lens

A stunning new photograph from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a nearly perfect Einstein Ring, an effect caused by gravitational…

2 months ago

Astronomers saw the Same Supernova Three Times Thanks to Gravitational Lensing. And in Twenty Years They Think They’ll see it one More Time

It is hard for humans to wrap their heads around the fact that there are galaxies so far away that…

4 months ago

It Could be Possible to see Gravitational Wave Lenses

Can waves of gravity be lensed by gravity? A recent study looks for lensed gravitational waves.

5 months ago

Gaia Might Even be Able to Detect the Gravitational Wave Background of the Universe

Data from the Gaia satellite is so precise, it might be able to detect cosmic gravitational waves.

5 months ago

A new Technique Could use Quasars to Directly Measure the Expansion Rate of the Universe

The evolution of cosmic expansion could be measured by a new method using intensity correlation speckles.

6 months ago

You Thought Black Hole Event Horizons Looked Strange. Check out Binary Black Hole Event Horizons

Binary black holes lens light so strongly it's difficult to simulate how they would appear. A new simulation shows us…

6 months ago

Gaia Finds 12 Examples of Einstein Crosses; Galaxies Being Gravitationally Lensed so we see Them Repeated 4 Times

After examining data from the Gaia Observatory, a team of researchers found 12 more examples of the rare phenomenon known…

6 months ago

An Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Discovered Through the Gravitational Lensing of a Gamma-ray Burst

An intermediate mass black hole was discovered by its chance alignment with a gamma ray burst.

6 months ago

Dark Energy Survey Finds Hundreds of New Gravitational Lenses

It’s relatively rare for a magical object from fantasy stories to have a analog in real life.  A truly functional…

9 months ago