Einstein was the theoretical physicist behind the theory of relativity, one of the two key pillars for the foundation of modern physics. Within his special relativity theory, the German-born genius set the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second, of which nothing can travel faster. However, scientists are now questioning this after it was revealed NASA’s Hubble telescope had spotted thousands of objects travelling over five times this speed in a distant galaxy.
The phenomenon, which was captured by scientists Robert Williams in 1995, was spotted in the galaxy known as Messier 87.
The astronomer, who served as the Director of Space Telescope Science Institute from 1993 to 1998 laid bare the details of the encounter during “NASA’s Unexplained Files” series.
He said in 2014: “There were no bright stars, no known radio sources, I was just trying to pick out a random area of the sky that we knew nothing about.
“It wasn’t until we added them all up that it was apparent that there were 2500 galaxies.
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A scientist questioned if Einstein was wrong (Image: GETTY)
NASA spotted activity in Messier 87 (Image: GETTY)
Was Einstein right, or maybe he was slightly wrong?
Dr Seth Shostak
“Most of them were really faint.”
Dr David Brin chipped in: “They seemed to be going away from us faster than the speed of light.”
Then, Dr Seth Shostak, who is currently the Senior Astronomer for SETI Institute, explained why this breaks the laws of physics.
He said: “You just can’t send physical objects or even information faster than the speed of light.
“The speed of light is the ultimate speed limit.
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