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Questions about relativistic theory of gravity. General relativity describes gravity as a geometrical property of space and time.

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Is there a closest free-return trajectory to a black hole?

The scenario I am imagining is a test particle falling from infinity with an initial off-center velocity. In Newtonian mechanics the path would be a hyperbola. But I assume that, near a black hole, ...
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Concept of General Relativity [closed]

I've been studying physics for quite some time and up to now have only used the classical physics model. I have tried to understand general relativity but it is a bit hard to understand. I would ...
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Has GAIA learned anything about General Relativity looking near Jupiter? (Gerry Gilmore: “oblate rotating mass moving in a deeper (Solar) potential”)

From Gerry Gilmore (2018) Gaia: 3-dimensional census of the Milky Way Galaxy 4.4 Fundamental physics Relativistic effects are highly significant for Gaia measurement accuracy, with tests of General ...
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Does General Relativity really predict Black Holes?

I'm doing some research on black holes for a science video contest. I want to explain the physics of how they work, but also want to have a little background on how they're formed. As far as I've ...
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How do we know that spacetime is fabric? [closed]

I have started learning about astronomy as it amazes and inspires me. I have a question. What led us to believe that spacetime is fabric? What is the evidence shows this, and is it considered proven? ...
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Does photon capture in a black hole (or any other “very compact” object) reduce the luminosity/photon flux from its self isotropic emission?

I don't know if this is even a feasible question or if I have a point in asking so. Let's say we can model the radiation coming from a very compact object, such as a BH with an accretion disc or any ...
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I need to study space, planets and black holes, how do I study them on my own [closed]

I need to study space, planets and black holes, how do I study them on my own, knowing that I am an Arab and I do not know English. I use translation applications. I speak with you. Can you help me ...
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How to conceptualize the strong equivalence principle (SEP) in the context of stellar motion in an extragalactic galaxy?

In the theory of general relativity, the SEP states all the laws of nature are the same in a uniform static gravitational field and the equivalent accelerated reference frame. I've been reading the ...
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Does a gravitational lens around a body look 3-dimensional?

Suppose we approach a neutron star or a stellar black hole close enough, is the gravitational lens around it 3-dimensional (like a tunnel) or is it 2-dimensional? It's 3-dimensional as if you entered ...
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How to resolve confusions on the rubber sheet analogy of the spacetime curvatures?

How to resolve confusions on the rubber sheet analogy of the spacetime curvatures? I am a newbie to spacetime curvature. I have watched several youtube videos on Einsteins GR and spacetime curvature ...
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Does Einstein's theory of gravity say anything about the direction of space [closed]

Why is every representation of Einstein's theory of gravity depicted like this: and not like this: And many other ways it can be depicted. They suggest that the fabric of space-time is a flat plane
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Why does the Hubble flow does not carry photons with it?

I have this naive question. We know that the expansion of the universe "takes" or "carries" the galaxies with it, separating them, but this doesn't apply to photons. My guess is ...
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Does time also pass more slowly for a galaxy that is traveling at relativistic speeds, where the speed difference is due to Hubble expansion?

If time passes more slowly, relative to Earth, for a traveler at relativistic speeds, say at .8c, traveling between stars inside this galaxy, does time also pass more slowly for a distant galaxy that ...
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How String Theory calculates the Entropy of the Black Hole in a Background dependent way?

How does string theory get an agreement to the Hawking-Bekenstein equations to calculate the quantum entropy of a black hole in a background dependent way? Is there any sort of area parameter in ...
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Can Axions escape the Black Holes?

I read about Tachyons and Gravitational Waves and also about Exotic matter, really nothing can escape a Black Hole, can Axions escape for providing a new hope?
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Does gravitational radiation change the eccentricity of binary orbits?

Do the eccentricity of a binary orbit change with change in the semimajor axis due to loss of orbital angular momentum by gravitational radiation?
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Have I nearly found the event horizon of a black hole?

The calculator on the website https://planetcalc.com/1758/ cites Wikipedia's Gravitational acceleration and implements: $$g = G \frac{M}{(R + h)^2}$$ For a black hole with mass $M$ equal to 5 solar ...
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Kinetic energy and galaxy arm rotation rate

The higher than expected rotational velocity of stars and gas clouds in the outskirts of galaxies is explained today by invoking dark mater that supplies not only the additional gravitational mass, ...
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How would you define “space” in GR (General Relativity) and in QFT (Quantum Field Theory)?

Is there a univocal definition of space that can be accepted in GR and in QFT? In GR space is actually "Spacetime", a 4-dimensional entity that includes time. In this case it's impossible to ...
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Can the electromagnetic counterpart of a gravitational be seen by 'small' telescopes?

As follow-up question for my previous question I'm thinking about the search for the electromagnetic (EM) counterpart of a gravitational wave (GW). Is it possible to search for those events with '...
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Does a merging massive binary black hole ‘emits’ more than one gravitational wave?

If we want to use gravitational waves (GW) to determine the Hubble constant, we need to find the source in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). However, we need to be lucky to ‘see’ it simultaneously ...
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Does time flow in a Minkowski spacetime?

In a spacetime where the stress-energy tensor is null (no energy, no matter, no entropy), I wonder whether any motion of the variable time in the phase-space is well defined. The arrow of time, meant ...
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If time is not absolute and depends on the gravitational field, then why we keep using our own (particular) time in cosmology?

Sorry if my question is not really clear, but indeed it is not clear in my mind neither. But maybe some of you can help. Time is not absolute and can be affected by the gravitational potential. Now ...
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Has the permittivity or the permeability of space been measured in a gravitational well?

Technically one might say yes since earth is gravitational well. However I am looking for more data points. For example, in deep space where voyager might be at the Lagrange points of massive bodies ...
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How much time passes in the outside universe when falling into a black hole?

If someone were to jump into a black hole, looking back at Earth, how far into the future would they see of Earth? As I understand it, time would dilate approaching infinity as you approach the event ...
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A question regarding the evolution of black holes [duplicate]

It is known that for an outside observer who is stably outside the a black hole, never sees an object falling in go beyond the black hole. So does it mean that even though the mass of black hole ...
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How could we observe a wormhole?

A wormhole is a sort of tunnel that could connect two points in spacetime. These are theoretical objects that have not been observed. What observational evidence could we look for to confirm (or ...
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Why is rotational motion absolute, is the universe spinning? [duplicate]

When considering any object, one can say its translational movement is relative, depending on the point of view or reference frame adopted. If it moves at 1/4c relative to some observer, one might say ...
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At what gravity does a body's gravitational lensing become observable?

I wonder whether we know at how much gravitation a gravitational lensing around a celestial body becomes observable (visible in the sense of that we see stars on the wrong places, stars behind the ...
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Did Einstein supported Big Bang Theory cosmological model?

Einstein made many predictions, including gravitational waves and the possibility of black holes. Relativity is taken into consideration for the Big Bang model, so did Einstein agree with it or did ...
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How was the Messenger spacecraft used to measure Mercury's orbital precession to such accuracy? Could this have been done using radar?

This comment under an answer to Path of Mercury and general relativity mentions that the Messenger spacecraft was used to measure the precession of Mercury's orbit to such accuracy that the tiny ...
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Path of Mercury and general relativity [duplicate]

I have read that many physicists challenge the theory of general relativity, and it has been proved many times that it is correct; my question is on Mercury's orbit. And we know that many of ...
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Was the Sun's gravitational lensing observed in other solar eclipses than the one in 1919?

In 1919 the gravitational lensing by the Sun has been observed during a total solar eclipse. Did someone observe the lensing in any other total eclipses? Last year there was a total eclipse in Chile ...
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Why does Newtonian physics give the right radius for a black hole?

When computing the distance at which the escape velocity is equal to the speed of light, the result is equal to the Schwarzschild radius. Is this just a coincidence, or is there a physical reason why ...
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What reference frame do age-of-the-universe calculations assume?

I'm thinking, in particular, about general relativity. When we speak, for example, of neutrino decoupling, what do we mean when we say this happened in the first second after the Big Bang? Do we mean ...
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Cosmological redshift - How do we know it's not caused by the observer's time dilation?

Instead of cosmological redshift being caused by the metric expansion of space, why couldn't cosmological redshift be caused by our perspective moving faster in time? Said another way, if the ...
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How does time work beyond the cosmic event horizon?

The faster you move through space, the slower you move through time - the calculations show that as you approach lightspeed, time comes to a standstill. How does time work beyond the cosmic event ...
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Why does the outside edge of a Kerr black hole ergosphere rotate at the same speed as the inner edge?

Reading through the Wikipedia on a Kerr black hole ergosphere, and this nice question on the maximal spin rate of a black hole leads me to ask: why does the outer edge of the ergosphere rotate at the ...
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Have more recent LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave measurements narrowed down the speed of gravity further?

This answer to How precise are the observational measurements for the speed of gravity? says: ...in 2013 a Chinese group built a model using Earth's tides that helped them narrow it down. ... [T]he ...
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Relativistic Mercury orbit around the Sun

My question is the following,would the scalar of precession of Mercury orbit be the same if Mercury orbited Sun in the oposit direction?
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What is the effect of this expanding universe on the energy density of it?

We know that our universe is expanding i.e. volume of the universe is getting larger with time with total energy being conserved. My question is whether the energy density is getting smaller with ...
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Can you create a black hole using kinetic energy?

Imagine you have a particle accelerator that you can crank up to arbitrarily high energies. Because of General Relativity, the particles get heavier and heavier as you dump more energy into them. ...
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Is TDB monotonic? Does it or any of its derivatives have yearly discontinuities with respect to an atomic clock?

This in-depth answer mentions that ...TDB is updated every year. As technology improves, these subtle updates change the timing of past events. This makes me wonder... Does this updating result ...
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Does space being at right angles to time imply that the expansion or contraction of each occurs in a direction opposite the other's?

The Minkowski diagrams that are employed to illustrate Special Relativity depict changes in the motion of objects through the dimensions of space as occurring within a field (that's otherwise divided ...
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If space is negative energy and matter is positive energy then does that mean the universe is finite?

I was reading a book by Stephen Hawking, it was written that universe is made up of 2 ingredients,i.e., space and energy and space was the negative energy, so they add up to 0. But since space is ...
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What is the coordinate acceleration for pure radial motion?

As seen in this answer and also in this book chapter 6, page 6-10 expression 22, when you are falling in radially from being at rest at infinity your velocity in coordinate time, as seen from a ...
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What does “negligible mass” mean in the formulation of geodesics equation?

Wikipedia says: According to Einstein's theory of general relativity, particles of negligible mass travel along geodesics in the space-time. Does that "negligible mass" only refer to particles ...
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If a photon were 1 Planck length away from the event horizon of a blackhole, would it be able to escape the blackhole's gravitational pull?

I understand that one could theoretically replace the sun with a blackhole without affecting the orbits of the planets. This leads me to believe that a blackhole isn't a "cosmic vacuum cleaner" so ...
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Can gravitational waves pass through a black hole?

As the title says, what happens when a gravitational wave approaches a black hole? I would presume that something interesting happens because of the way spacetime works near black holes but I have no ...
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Can the range of the observable universe be extended through an intermediary?

I understand that the so called observable universe has a limit we cannot see through. My question is whether we might get information through an intermediate hypothetical actor located halfway to ...