The distortion of space
Copyright: Jos de Bruijne, ESA
The planets in the Solar System distort space, bending starlight. ESA's Gaia mission will measure the effect to test general relativity. Red regions are the predicted areas of the greatest distortion, caused by the
planets, and blue the least. As the planets orbit the Sun, so the regions of distortion move with them.
Last Update: 1 September 2019