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Scientists confirm Einstein’s supermassive black hole theory

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By ITN News Editor July 27, 2018 16:49

Scientists confirm Einstein’s supermassive black hole theory

A team of international scientists observing a star in the Milky Way have for the first time confirmed Einstein’s predictions of what happens to the motion of a star passing close to a supermassive black hole. Einstein’s 100-year-old general theory of relativity predicted that light from stars would be stretched to longer wavelengths by the extreme gravitational field of a black hole, and the star would appear redder, an effect known as gravitational red shift. A team of scientists at the European Southern Observatory started monitoring the central area of the Milky Way using its Very Large Telescope to observe the motion of stars near the supermassive black hole 26 years ago.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 27, 2018 16:49