posted on Jul, 29 2011 @ 08:18 PM
Originally posted by CLPrime
reply to post by bigrex
A conglomeration of stars is a gravitational system. As such, it has an overall gravitational potential, and all gravitational potentials "bend"
(deflect) light around them to some extent. If the gravitational potential is large enough, it could, theoretically, bend light enough so that it
focuses to a single point. Expanding on XPLodER's theory, I worked out the math to describe such a deflection (although, there's more math that I
did than what's been shown here...in fact, only about an hour's work of the 4 hours I spent working it all out ended up getting posted).
What's interesting to me is not the observational possibility of this theory being right. It's the apparent mathematical/physical probability that
the theory should be right.
And, XPLodER: I must say, it feels a little weird defending a theory of yours. I'm used to tearing them apart.
again i thank you for doing the math on this
and i am happy that you have drawn the same conclusion a me,
i am greatful to you for the help you have provided
i have been refining the models and suspect the process would result in a "spherical aboration" along the axis of rotation of the galaxy
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the collecting potential of light for the galaxy is very large and any light traveling through the outter lens would be "collected" by each sun
bubble lens (this is similar to using many small lenses to focus sun light) but the light "bent" by the interaction with the sun lenses (micro) and
the galaxy lens as a whole (macro)
Simple lenses are subject to the optical aberrations discussed above. In many cases these aberrations can be compensated for to a great extent
by using a combination of simple lenses with complementary aberrations. A compound lens is a collection of simple lenses of different shapes and made
of materials of different refractive indices, arranged one after the other with a common axis.
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its looking like there is a good chance that under the correct conditions we could see a focal point for light exterior to the lens.
What's interesting to me is not the observational possibility of this theory being right. It's the apparent mathematical/physical probability
that the theory should be right.
although the thesis is very simple and uses basic optics and gravity,
the maths gets very involved very fast.
as an observation prediction,
i beleive we will find these focal points in optical and or irfra red/sub mm depending on distences of objects ect
its possable that the easyest way to find these focal points is with infra red space telescopes as it is my opinion that the heat signature from the
foci may be detectable over great distences.
that and the distence between the lens to the source may cause the light to be displayed in the ir band instead of visable wavelengths
xploder