Science Cosmic 'magnifying glass' helps scientists see something really, really, really far away (+video)

Thanks to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, astronomers have spotted what might be the most distant object known to science, a distant galaxy cluster called IRC 0218.

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NASA, ESA, K.-V. Tran (Texas A&M University), and K. Wong (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics)

In a surprising discovery, astronomers have found a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced today (July 31).