Relativity rings: astronomers observe a strange and rare phenomenon

Astronomers observe rings of relativity in space

The narrow galaxy gracefully curving around its spherical companion is a fantastic example of a strange and very rare cosmic phenomenon. The Hubble Space Telescope provided scientists with unique images showing a galaxy called GAL-CLUS-022058s. It is located in the constellation Fornax in the southern hemisphere. The galaxy is recognized as one of the fullest and largest Einstein rings ever discovered in outer space.

The astronomers are studying that cosmic phenomenon named the object Molten Ring, thereby indicating its appearance and the unusual constellation of its host. For the first time the existence of such objects was suggested by Einstein's general theory of relativity.


The unusual shape of a space object was explained by gravitational lensing, as a result of which light falls from afar, it bends and is attracted by the object's gravitational force, located between its source and the light source.

In that case, the light from the background galaxy is distorted, it is a curve that is visible due to the gravitational cluster of galaxies with a central elliptical galaxy at the center. But even the middle of the image is presented distorted, increased in size, which changed the space around it, turning it into an almost perfect ring.

The astronomers believe that similar objects are perfect space laboratories for exploring distant and faint galaxies that cannot be seen otherwise and are difficult to study. Einstein's rings have another name, the Einstein-Chvolson ring or the Chvolson ring. It forms when the light from a galaxy passes a massive object on its way to the Earth.


In this case, gravitational lensing deflects the light source and then it appears that the light is coming from different places. But if both the light source and the lens itself are in alignment, then the emitted light turns into a perfect ring.

Gravitational lensing plays an important role in this case, as it helps to detect objects that mass varies from the mass of a planet to the mass of a star, regardless of the light they emit.