Demonstration of Gravitational Lensing by a Massive Cluster of Galaxies

The largest clusters of galaxies are massive enough to produce visual distortions of distant galaxies known as “gravitational lensing”. This video demonstrates these visual effects. A scientific simulation shows the imagery that would be obtained if a nearby galaxy could pass behind a large cluster. By using a recognizable object for the distant galaxy, the effects of the gravitational lensing become more apparent.

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