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Discovery of distant 'lensing galaxy' heralds new grasp of the universe

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Occasionally, astronomers find an extraordinary "lensing galaxy" that can enhance light like a telescope from even deeper reaches of universe - brightening and magnifying background galaxies up to 30 times. Prof. Gregory Rudnick, an astronomer at KU, is part of a team that has detected the most-distant-known example of a lensing galaxy - located some 9.5 billion light years away from Earth (press release). Their findings have just been published in Astrophysical Journal Letters.



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