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NASA | Einstein's Cosmic Speed Limit

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Published on Oct 29, 2009

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In its first year of operations, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has mapped the entire sky with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity in gamma-rays, the highest-energy form of light. On May 10, 2009 a pair of gamma-ray photons reached Fermi only 900 milliseconds apart after traveling for 7 billion years. Fermis measurement gives us rare experimental evidence that space-time is smooth as Einstein predicted, and has shut the door on several approaches to gravity where space-time is foamy enough to interfere strongly with light.

To read more about the science behind the story:

Late light reveals what space is made of : http://www.newscientist.com/article/m...

A limit on the variation of the speed of light arising from quantum gravity effects:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/...

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