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Introduction to Astronomy October 2022

October 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Relativity – The Layman’s Guide

Part 2: General Relativity & Gravity

Guest Speaker: Nick Odom

Relativity and Newton’s law of gravity are mathematically incompatible. Einstein realized that the local effects of gravity and acceleration are equivalent, and that gravity is a distortion of spacetime. An analysis of the effect of gravity on light reveals that time runs slower in gravitational fields and that light bends. The bending is increased by the curvature of space.  We briefly examine black holes and end with the observational consequences of the theory.

This is a fascinating topic and not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you all there.

This meeting will also be live streamed to the AAS YouTube channel



October 3
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dr Chris Benton


Stardome Observatory
670 Manukau Rd, Epsom
Auckland, 1345 New Zealand
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