Relativity confirmed at the galactic level

Einstein's general theory of relativity - a very important tool of modern representations of the universe, without which no satellite launch is complete. But as it is observed on the scale of, for example, an entire galaxy? Thanks to the scientists, we can now say, well respected. They conducted a study of two relatively distant galaxies, which are opposite each other, and proved that the theory of relativity is flawless.

Relativity confirmed at the galactic level

The study involved the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope to measure the galaxy mass in the foreground, with the use of gravitational lensing as a partner of its rear, and the rotation speed of stars at the edges. The comparison allowed to verify measurements. As a result, the error amounted to 9% - it's a lot, but today it is the most accurate measurement.

Not that news pleased, however, the general theory of relativity - one of the strongest foundations of contemporary research. Detection slack in general relativity would mean a revision of the whole of modern physics, astrophysics and cosmology in favor of other, less proven and promising theories. Although this study does not prove that general relativity is the main concept of the work of the universe, it saves scientists and companies from having to discard the knowledge accumulated over decades. In the next decade, two new telescope - satellite "Euclid" and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope - will be able to find deviations from general relativity on a scale 1000 times greater than the extent of the study. If general relativity and pass these tests, we believe that this is the correct theory that describes the effects of gravity in the universe as a whole. While she copes, Einstein would have been proud.