James Webb’s telescope discovers jeweled ‘Einstein ring’ made of warped quasar light

A beautiful, bejeweled halo of warped light generated by a monstrous black hole takes center stage in one of the latest James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) images. The luminous loop, which looks strikingly like a “Einstein ring“, is decorated with four points of light, but not all of them are real.

The star-studded halo in the new image consists of light from a quasar, a supermassive object black hole at the heart of a young galaxy that is shooting out powerful jets of energy as it swallows up huge amounts of matter. The quasar, previously known to scientists, is called RX J1131-1231 and is located about 6 billion light-years from Earth in the constellation Crater, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

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