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iPTF16geu: A multiply imaged, gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova

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Science  21 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 291-295
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal2729

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Multiple images of a type Ia supernova

General relativity indicates that any sufficiently massive object bends the path of light passing by it. This effect is known as gravitational lensing. Goobar et al. have identified a supernova that is strongly lensed by a foreground galaxy, causing it to be highly magnified and splitting the light into four separate images. What is more, it is a type Ia supernova, a well-studied variety with reliable properties that can be used to constrain models of the lensing. This distinctive object will enable cosmological measurements and can be used to probe the distribution of mass in the foreground galaxy.

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