Scientists recently spotted a mysterious ring of fire, located 12-billion-light-years away, and it’s an illusion created by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies. According to Albert Einstein, the striking circular structure is a rare manifestation of gravitational lensing based on his theory of general relativity. His theory predicts that the gravitational effects of the nearer galaxy will bend the light of the more distant one. Continue reading for a video showing the phenomenon and more information.
“The Alma telescope in Chile was able to capture the effect in the highest resolution images ever taken by the observatory. In this particular case, the galaxy known as SDP.81 and an intervening galaxy line up so perfectly that the light from the more distant one forms a nearly complete circle as seen from Earth,” reports The Daily Mail.