Astronomers Zoom in on a Galaxy 9 Billion Light-years Away Thanks to Gravitational Lensing

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When even the most powerful telescopes can’t capture the views you want, it helps to have natural magnifying glasses to rely on. In a paper published Monday in Nature Astronomy, researchers describe how they zoomed in to capture a young, star-forming galaxy roughly nine billion light-years away in X-ray light.

To study such a distant galaxy, they used the fact that massive objects can warp space-time around them and magnify light from backg

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