The general theory of relativity is our most accurate description of gravitation

The general theory of relativity is our most accurate description of gravitation

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The general theory of relativity is our most accurate description of gravitation 1. Published by Einstein in 1915, this is a theory of gravity also known as the “General Theory of Relativity” 2. A massive object causes space to curve and time to slow down 3. These effects manifest themselves as a gravitational force 4. These distortions of space and time are most noticeable in the vicinity of large masses or compact objects 5. The general theory of relativity also predicts the existence of gravitational waves, which are ripples in the overall geometry of space and time produced by moving masses 6. Gravitational waves have been detected indirectly, and specialized antennas are under construction to make direct measurement of the gravitational waves from cosmic cataclysms The general theory of relativity predicts black holes 1. If a stellar corpse has a mass greater than about 2 to 3 M , gravitational compression will overwhelm any and all forms of internal pressure a. The star will collapse through the neutron star stage and will not stop, or, because the star is so dense that during the collapse no explosion will take place
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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