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General Relativity Passes Another Test

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RTB’s cosmic creation model has gained additional support as general relativity passed another test. General relativity predicts that as two massive bodies orbit each other, they emit gravitational waves that cause the orbital radius and period to decrease. Astronomers observed this decrease in a close binary system (two stars with an orbital period of 6 hours) consisting of a pulsar and a white dwarf star. Detailed analysis of this two-star system further limited how much the laws of physics can vary throughout the universe by constraining violations of the strong equivalence principle. Additionally, the measured pulsar mass restricts models of neutron stars containing exotic components such as quark stars. These results confirm the validity of general relativity—a vital part of RTB’s cosmic creation model.

o   David J. Nice et al., “A 2.1 M€ Pulsar Measured by Relativistic Orbital Decay,” The Astrophysical Journal 634 (2005): 1242-49.

o   http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/634/2/1242

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Subjects: Big Bang, Einstein / Relativity, Origin of the Universe

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