Einstein Said It Would Never Be Seen. It Just Was

By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff

June 9, 2017

Astronomers just proved the great Albert Einstein wrong—by proving him right. Einstein's 1915 theory of relativity says gravity can distort light and alter its path. 

National Geographic reports Einstein posited that would created a phenomenon called gravitational microlensing between two stars appearing to pass in front of each other. 

The light from the star in the background would be bent by the gravity of the star in the foreground, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Of course, there is no hope of observing this phenomenon directly," Einstein wrote for Science in 1936.  Guess again, Einstein. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observed that very phenomena, publishing their findings in Science on Wednesday.

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