by Gregg Prescott, M.S., In5D
The Alma telescope in Chile captured a very odd anomaly recorded at their observatory that looks like a ring of fire. Officials are calling it an “illusion created by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies.”
Gravitational lensing occurs when a massive galaxy or cluster of galaxies bends the light emitted from a more distant galaxy, forming a highly magnified, though much distorted image.
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.
Discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory, SDP.81 is an active star-forming galaxy nearly 12 billion light-years away, seen at a time when the universe was only 15 percent of its current age……(Read further)