Acrylic and pastel on paper, framed and glazed 12" x "9 plus mat and narrow, soft silver colored frame.

Blue painting in abstract style (2014).

 

As early as April 1912, before he had even published his theory of General Relativity, Einstein sketched the idea of spacetime being curved around a massive body creating a lens which would make a distant star appear multiple times, or as a ring.  The light from the star would curve around the object and appear from Earth to be coming from separate places. Although Einstein thought it would be unobservable, the effect was first seen in 1979 with a quasar which is far brighter than a star.

Sometimes you can mis-identify where stuff is coming from, especially if there’s something big in the way.

Gravitational Lensing