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Rerun of Supernova Expected


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Video imagery:
  • 2016 Hubble image - galaxy cluster MACS J0138: NASA, ESTEC, Joseph DePasquale (STScI)
  • Animation – supernova lensed by galaxy cluster MACS J0138: NASA, ESTEC, STScI, Greg T. Bacon (STScI)

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Objects and gases of various colors in outer space. Text, News from the Universe
Rerun of Supernova Expected. September 27, 2021
Three important points of light appear in a 2016 Hubble Space Telescope image.
They are three views of the same supernova...
...multiplied and magnified by the gravity of a massive Galaxy cluster positioned between us and the supernova.
The galaxy cluster's gravity warps the fabric of space, and light passing through that space appears distorted.
One line runs relatively straight from a Distant Supernova to the telescope. Another line curves around a Foreground Galaxy Cluster. Text, Astronomers predict that some of the supernova's light is still passing through more dense areas of the cluster, and will reach us around 2037.
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