James Webb Space Telescope ‘sees triple’ with Einstein’s help (pictures)

A stunning new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows a galaxy-hosting supernova not once, not twice, but three times at different times.

This seemingly time-defying image by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was possible thanks to the massive gravitational pull of a foreground galactic cluster and a light-bending phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein over a century ago called “gravitational lensing.”

In his general theory of relativity, Einstein predicted that mass distorts the very fabric of space and time, or “spacetime”. This is analogous to placing a ball on a stretched rubber sheet, where the ball causes a dent in the sheet. The greater the mass of the ball, the greater the degree of twisting it causes. This is also true in the case of spacetime, stars cause a greater “distortion” than planets, and galaxies cause a greater distortion of space than stars.

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