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A wormhole? A GIANT spaceship? An intergalactic disco? None, actually.

This is, believe it or not, a real photo taken by the Chandra x-ray observatory. The central object is a quasar, RX J1131-1231 (RX J1131 for short), located about 6 billion light years from Earth.

According to Chandra, "Gravitational lensing by an intervening elliptical galaxy has created four different images of the quasar, shown by the Chandra data in pink.”

It’s certainly one of the clearest images of this effect we’ve seen in a while, and one of the sparkliest!

More info at http://chandra.si.edu/photo/2014/rxj1131/

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