Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beautiful, But a Bit Bothersome

Over at Astronomy Picture of the Day they have this beautiful picture of the Cosmic Microwave Background - Beautiful.

They point out that the dipole nature of the colors you see are due to us moving "600 kilometers per second relative" to it. See that's bothersome to me. To me it implies that there is a preferred "stationary" frame of reference. Such a thing is contrary to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

(For those versed in the theory, Yes, "contrary" is too strong a word. But certainly there is an implied preferred frame which is not supposed to exist.)


K T Cat said...

Did you see this one?

Ohioan@Heart said...

Yes, the new Hubble images are astounding, beautiful, breath-taking.

John said...

I agree to what you said that the balance is somehow off, but yeah its beautiful.

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Anonymous said...

A point of reference isn't necessarily earth. No one ever said that there wasn't any!