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First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole

26 Jul 2018, 12:00 UTC
First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole ESO/M. Kornmesser

Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way. This long-sought result represents the climax of a 26-year-long observation campaign using ESO’s telescopes in Chile.

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