HomeAstronomySun's gravitational lens could help find life on exoplanets

Sun’s gravitational lens could help find life on exoplanets

The sun’s gravitational field could be used as a giant magnifying glass to observe distant exoplanets in a much greater detail than is currently possible, a new study suggests. 

In the study, a team of researchers from Stanford University proposed a technique for studying exoplanets that uses gravitational lensing, an effect that occurs around massive celestial bodies where the gravity of the objects is strong enough to bend spacetime. An object viewed through this bent region of spacetime appears closer and larger, as if observed through a magnifying lens. Combining the power of space-based telescopes with gravitational lensing could improve the precision of imaging of exoplanets, planets that orbit other stars, 1,000 times, the researchers said in a statement

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