The general theory includes the earlier special theory of relativity but goes on to explain accelerated frames of reference. Also, it extends the special theory by proposing a general theory of gravitation.
Einstein understands gravity as arising from a curvature of space and time. The general theory presents the universe as a four-dimensional space-time continuum. So the presence of mass ‘curves’ space so as to create the effect of gravity.
Perhaps even more radical, the special theory predicts that as objects move, time slows down. And the general theory predicts that gravity effects the passage of time. Both of these hypotheses have been supported by atomic clocks and GPS measurements.¹
So, quite unlike idle speculation and imaginary fantasies, Eisntein’s seemingly “weird” ideas are supported by empirical evidence. While other theories of gravitation exist, they tend to have much in common with Einstein’s.
- Top 100 Stories of 2011: #83: Gravity Probe B Gives Einstein an A (discovermagazine.com)
- New telescope array will capture the first-ever photograph of a black hole (dailymail.co.uk)
- The Einstein Theory of Relativity: a 1923 Silent Animated Film (singularityweblog.com)
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun in our solar system.
Until recently, our knowledge of Mercury was based mostly on three flybys made by the American probe, Mariner 10¹ in 1974-75.
Another American probe, however, Messenger², did three flybys past the planet in 2008 and 2009, and is scheduled to leave the Sun’s orbit and enter Mercury’s in 2011:
One year from today, March 18, 2010 — starting at 12:45 a.m. UTC — MESSENGER will transition from orbiting the Sun to being the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury (Source: NASA).
The planet is believed to have a dense iron core. Mercury is also the name of an element, a silver-white metal and the only metal that takes liquid form at room temperature.
This unique quality of the element mercury attracted medieval alchemists.
In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of merchants and traders and also a swift messenger somewhat akin to the Greek Hermes. From it’s mythological meaning, Merriam-Websters Dictionary notes these psychological meanings:
2 having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury
3 characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood <a mercurial temper>
For depth psychologists like C. G. Jung, Hermes’ well-known mythic role as a spiritual escort to the afterlife for the recently dead (called a psychopomp) is translated into meaning that he’s also a vitally symbolic bridge between the archetypes of the collective unconscious and consciousness.³
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- Whole New Mercury Promised by NASA Spacecraft (space.com)
- Mercury, the Incredible Shrinking Planet (amnh.org)
- A Double Planet Seen From Mercury (news.discovery.com)
- Earth and Moon from Mercury (openparachute.wordpress.com)
- Mercury’s comet-like appearance spotted by satellites looking at the Sun (sciencedaily.com)
- Mercury’s comet-like appearance spotted by satellites looking at the Sun (physorg.com)
- How To Handle Your Relationship When Mercury Goes Retrograde (thefrisky.com)
- The View From Mercury [Starts With A Bang] (scienceblogs.com)
- Mercury’s Comet-Like Tail Spotted by Amateur Astronomer (space.com)
- MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals New Information About Mercury (spacefellowship.com)
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Virgo ( August 22-September 22)
The sixth and a summer sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the idea of the Virgin and associated with the planetary ruler of Mercury.
Its element is Earth.
The Latin term virgo means “maid,” “maiden,” “virgin,” “girl” and also refers to the constellation Virgo as well as an aqueduct near Rome.
Astrologers claim that Virgo is not a stereotypically prudish virgin, but rather a highly refined, unmarried sensual being who enjoys privacy and solitude.
From Mercury Virgo is said to obtain a thirst for knowledge.
Prominent Virgos are Sean Connery, Michael Jackson and Stephen King.
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