James Webb Space Telescope ‘sees triple’ with help from Einstein (PHOTOS)

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

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

In his theory of general relativity, Einstein predicted that mass warps the fabric of space and time, or “space-time.” This is similar to placing a ball on a stretched rubber sheet, with the ball causing a dent in the paper. The greater the mass of the ball, the greater the degree of torsion it causes. This is also true in the case of space-time, stars cause more “curvature” than planets, and galaxies cause more space-time “curvature” than stars.

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