Ring of stars at 7 o-clock from the Galaxie

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Ring of stars at 7 o-clock from the Galaxie

Post by Dennis Ross » Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:39 am

Is it possibly a gravity lens effect?
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Post by cknowlto » Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:26 pm

Has anyone posted a satisfactory explaination for this? It appears to be a gravity lens, but I would have thought that such a nifty effect would have been noted in the text.

It _could_ be an asterism, but hey, what do I know. :D

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Post by Pete » Fri Mar 17, 2006 10:58 pm

IANAA, but my explanation: coincidence. I can find even more elaborate patterns in the holes found in the ceiling material of school buildings.

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Post by fastartceetoo » Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:17 pm

I'm sure the ring of stars is a coincidence. It would be simple (for astrophysicists) to determine if it is lensing: the spectra of all the stars in the asterism would be identical. I'm sure if any astrophysicist ever thought that lensing was a possibility, a check would have been done long ago, and the caption would have said so.

Also, examples of lensing that I have seen tend to show circumferential smearing of the individual images; these images look sharp.

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Post by astroton » Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:49 pm

Is not having a central gravitational object, a necessity for gravitational lensing to take place? Looks more like a coincidence, as there are many stars in the field.
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Post by harry » Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:51 am

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making of holes, by jets from stars.
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