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Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

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White dwarf, red star

This artist's concept depicts a dense, dead star called a white dwarf crossing in front of a small, red star. The white dwarf's gravity is so great it bends and magnifies light from the red star.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon—a result of Einstein's general theory of relativity—in binary, or double, star systems.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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