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New James Webb Space Telescope photos show galaxies bending light

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The massive gravity of galaxy cluster MACS0647 is gravitationally lensing several other systems in this image. (Image credit: SCIENCE: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and Tiger Hsiao (Johns Hopkins University) IMAGE PROCESSING: Alyssa Pagan (STScI))

In a dance of dark matter, NASA’s deep-space observatory caught light being bent in the distant universe.

The massive James Webb Space Telescope mirror used a galaxy cluster’s gravity to take a look at a known galaxy far behind, but there’s a twist: the new research published Wednesday (Oct. 26) suggests Webb may be viewing two galaxies and not one. (The region has been imaged before by the Hubble Space Telescope, but this new view is sharper than ever.)

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