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Flattened Sun Means Trouble For Einstein

Recent measurements of the sun's diameter by P. Goode and H. Hill show:

(1) The sun is "ringing like a bell" due to constant sunquakes; and (2) The sun is flattened enough at itse poles to signifcantly affect the precession of Mercury's orbit.

The gravitational influence of the sun's bulge is so large that it, in effect, competes with relativistic effects as an explanation of Mercury's precession. Goode, in fact, has suggested that the Theory of Relativity must be in error.

(Anonymous; "Reputed Mistake Found in Einstein's Theory of Relativity," Baltimore Sun, April 6, 1982. An Associated Press item.)

From Science Frontiers #21, MAY-JUN 1982. � 1982-2000 William R. Corliss