Thursday, 23 April 2009

An Idiot's Guide to the Most Beautiful Demonstration of Relativity, The Einstein Ring

Never ones to shirk serious science, we were fascinated by this article written by about the phenomena known as The Einstein Ring. If you are impressed by tricks of the light then this one will knock your cotton socks off.

From the article

The Einstein ring is possibly one of the most bizarre things that can be done to light. It’s the most dramatic example of relativity to date. As light passes past an object with a lot of mass (Like a galaxy or a really big black hole)- it actually curves and bends, creating a strange halo around the object.

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