The Sun’s gravitational lens could help find life on exoplanets

The sun’s gravitational field could be used like a giant magnifying glass to observe distant exoplanets in far greater detail than is currently possible, according to a new study.

In the study, a team of researchers from Stanford University proposed a technique for studying exoplanets that uses gravitational lensan effect that occurs around massive celestial bodies where the gravity objects is strong enough to bend spacetime. An object seen through this curved region of spacetime appears closer and larger, as if viewed through a magnifying lens. Combining the power of space telescopes and gravitational lensing could improve the accuracy of imaging exoplanetsplanets orbiting other stars 1,000 times, researchers say in a report.

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