October 7, 2022

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Einstein’s general relativity has passed the most stringent tests yet

Scientists have proven that Einstein’s general theory of relativity is correct with a remarkable degree of accuracy, even though it has been around for more than a century.

The team behind the research wanted to test a component of Einstein’s general theory of relativity It’s called the weak equivalence principle, which states that all objects, regardless of their mass or composition, must fall the same way into a given gravitational field when interference from factors such as air pressure is eliminated. To do this, scientists measured the acceleration of falling objects in a French satellite called MICROSCOPE, which was launched in 2016.