The gravitational field of massive objects distorts space and time, even acting as a “gravitational lens” by deflecting the path of light. This phenomenon serves as a natural magnifying glass to provide unparalleled views of the distant universe. Although strong lens systems are rare, advances in machine learning now allow us to efficiently find them. Follow-up with Keck Observatory reveals the early life stages of galaxies as they transform into the grand spiral patterns seen today. Join us as Dr. Tucker Jones takes us on a journey back in time to witness a galactic coming-of-age through the warped perspective of gravitational lenses!
Dr. Tucker Jones
University of California at Davis
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