ESOcast 121 Light - Star Orbiting Supermassive Black Hole Suggests Einstein is Right - HD
ESOcast 121 Light - Star Orbiting Supermassive Black Hole Suggests Einstein is Right - HD
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A new analysis of data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other telescopes suggests that the orbits of stars around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

There are hints that the orbit of the star S2 is deviating slightly from the path calculated using classical physics. This tantalising result is a prelude to much more precise measurements and tests of relativity that will be made using the GRAVITY instrument as star S2 passes very close to the black hole in 2018.

This short video shows what this result means and why it is important.

Credit/Courtesy: ESO

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Views: 30
Added: 7 days ago
Duration: 01:39
0 Likes, 0 Dislikes
Videos: 1170
Subscribers: 47
Description
A new analysis of data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other telescopes suggests that the orbits of stars around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way show the subtle effects predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

There are hints that the orbit of the star S2 is deviating slightly from the path calculated using classical physics. This tantalising result is a prelude to much more precise measurements and tests of relativity that will be made using the GRAVITY instrument as star S2 passes very close to the black hole in 2018.

This short video shows what this result means and why it is important.

Credit/Courtesy: ESO