Fig2_7 Space curvature

Fig2_7 Space curvature

Fig. 2.7 . A massive object creates a curved indentation upon the “flat” space described by Euclidean geometry, which applies in our everyday life on Earth where we do not directly encounter astronomical amounts of matter. Notice that the amount of space curvature is greatest in the regions near a cosmic object like a star, while further away the effect is lessened.

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University