|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
New research confirms Einstein’s theory of general relativity in remote galaxies, according to an international team of astronomers led by Thomas Collett of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth in Britain.
Notably, researchers have targeted the study as the first accurate test of general relativity on an extensive astronomical scale.
“Albert Einstein, in his theory of special relativity, determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and he showed that the speed of light within a vacuum is the same no matter the speed at which an observer travels,” stated Space.com.
Using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, the research team discovered how gravity behaves the same way in a distant galaxy as it does in our solar system, as Einstein’s theory predicted.
The researchers tested the assumption that “the same laws of physics we see working here on Earth are true anywhere else,” Terry Oswalt, an astronomer and chair of physical sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, said in an email to Space.com.
Verifying general relativity “at all possible scales, especially the largest scale, is fundamentally important to physics as a whole, and to cosmology in particular,” added Oswalt, who was not involved in the new study.