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Researchers put Einstein’s Theory to the test

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity has informed our understanding of gravity for more than 100 years. During this time, it has also been subject to rigorous testing by researchers, to see if holds true under different circumstances.

Dr Dick Manchester, a Fellow at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is a member of an international research team that used telescopes around the world, including CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope – Murriyang, to complete the most challenging tests yet of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

The team also used AARNet, Australia’s high-performing national research network, to transfer large-scale data captured from the Parkes radio telescope to CSIRO facilities in Sydney and Canberra and to supercomputers for analysis, including OzSTAR at Swinburne University.