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Gamma Ray Alternative for Solar Eclipse Study of Relativity

  1. Mar 1, 2010 #1
    Validation of relativity has been tested by measuring the apparent position of stars as our view passes by the edge of the sun. A difficulty being that we can not easily view stars with the sun so bright so we wait for an eclipse.

    I have a few questions:
    1) Is this still a difficulty?
    If so, might it be possible to use astronomical gamma ray sources. There seems to be at least two types of such sources; there are periodic bursts from fixed sources and there are transient sources that appear randomly.
    2) Do either of these sources have sufficient luminosity and characteristic bandwidths or spectra that they could be discriminated/detected at the edge of the sun?

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