Friday, 1 Jul 2016

Celebrating 100 years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: Lost planets, Australian Eclipses and warped space

Over the years 1915 and 1916 Albert Einstein presented his magnificent General Theory of Relativity. The product of years of toil, it took expeditions to observe total solar eclipses visible from northern Australia in 1922 to confirm the theory. ...

Friday, 8 Jul 2016

The Discovery of Gravity Waves: The Breakthrough by LIGO

The 2016 announcement of the experimental observation of gravity waves from space is the latest confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory and comes after decades of work developing the incredibly sophisticated observatory. Member of the internati...

Friday, 22 Jul 2016

Dark Matter and Gravity: Searching for missing mass in the Stawell gold mine

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity provides an exceptionally accurate theory for gravity and matter at the largest scales. But observations of the way stars move subject to gravity in the galaxies show there is more gravity that can be accou...

Friday, 29 Jul 2016

Einstein’s Gravity: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Gravitational Lensing

The General Theory of Relativity describes how mass distorts how we observe space and time. Two spectacular examples of this are provided through gravitational lensing and the predictions of black holes. Gravitational lenses provide our strongest ...