Illustration of weak lensing

Weak lensing allows us to map the structure of the Universe, both the dark matter that comprises the cosmic web as well as the luminous matter that traces it. By measuring statistical changes to alignments of distant galaxies, the masses of astronomical objects can be measured.

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NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

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Id:noirlab2012e
Type:Artwork
Release date:June 4, 2020, 3 a.m.
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