Re: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

Paul Schlyter (
27 Apr 1995 01:46:12 +0200

In article <3nkg4h$>,
Carl J Lydick <carl@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU> wrote:

>relativity) hold. On the other hand, the same thing could be said, in the
>mid-nineteenth century, of Newtonian mechanics (well, actualy, I'm not sure
>exactly when the precession of Mercury's orbit became a problem for Newtonian

It was around that time. After the successful prediction and discovery of
Neptune, Leverrier applied the same method to predict an intra-mercurial
planet (or, possibly, an asteroid belt inside Mercury's orbit). A few
reported observations made Leverrier and several others believe for awhile
that an intra-mercurial planet did exist. The issue was not definitely
resolved until Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Paul Schlyter, Swedish Amateur Astronomer's Society (SAAF)
Nybrogatan 75 A, S-114 40 Stockholm, SWEDEN