Gravitational Lensing

Gravitational Lenses Could Pin Down Black Hole Mergers with Unprecedented Accuracy

Gravitational wave astronomy has been one of the hottest new types of astronomy ever since the LIGO consortium officially detected…

3 days ago

Formation-Flying Spacecraft Could Probe the Solar System for New Physics

It's an exciting time for the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. Thanks to cutting-edge observatories, instruments, and new techniques,…

1 month ago

The World's Largest Digital Camera is Complete. It Will Go Into the Vera Rubin Observatory

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, formerly the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), was formally proposed in 2001 to create an…

1 month ago

Dwarf Galaxies Banished the Darkness and Lit Up the Early Universe

During the Universe's Dark Ages, dense primordial gas absorbed and scattered light, prohibiting it from travelling. Only when the first…

3 months ago

JWST Sees a Milky Way-Like Galaxy Coming Together in the Early Universe

The gigantic galaxies we see in the Universe today, including our own Milky Way galaxy, started out far smaller. Mergers…

3 months ago

Webb Sees a Supernova Go Off in a Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy – for the Second Time

Nature, in its infinite inventiveness, provides natural astronomical lenses that allow us to see objects beyond the normal reach of…

5 months ago

Can Webb Find the First Stars in the Universe?

The Universe's very first stars had an important job. They formed from the primordial elements created by the Big Bang,…

5 months ago

An Epic Collaboration Between Hubble and JWST

Hubble and Webb have come together to create one of the most detailed and revealing images of an iconic galaxy…

6 months ago

Civilizations Could Use Gravitational Lenses to Transmit Power From Star to Star

A new paper shows how gravitational lenses could be used to beam power from one star system to another.

7 months ago

The Most Distant Galactic Field Lines Ever Seen

Galaxies are surrounded by magnetic field lines, spanning tens of thousands of light-years. These magnetic fields have previously been measured…

8 months ago