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Space Museum film marks Einstein's Theory of Relativity

To commemorate the publication of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity 100 years ago, a new Sky Show produced by the Hong Kong Space Museum will be shown from tomorrow (June 15) to November 21, allowing audiences to explore this revolutionary theory.

Albert Einstein, considered the last century's greatest scientist, was thought to have had a learning disorder when he was a child. Yet, in 1905, he published several ground-breaking theories, among them the astonishing Theory of Special Relativity.

Based on the two assumptions that the speed of light was constant and the laws of physics applied equally to all inertial reference frames, the theory predicts strange effects such as that time, length and simultaneity of events vary depending on the viewer.

For the next 10 years, Einstein worked on the General Theory of Relativity, a new concept in gravitation. This theory satisfactorily explains the anomalous orbit of Mercury and predicts the phenomenon of gravitational redshift. During the total solar eclipse of 1919, scientists in Africa verified that light from remote stars could be bent by the gravity of the Sun -- just as Einstein predicted. Einstein became world-famous overnight.

The most famous equation in Einstein's theories is E=mc2. This equation explains how stars shine, how they evolve and how the heavy elements essential for life are formed in the stars. Though Einstein was successful, not all people appreciate his work. Some believe that his equation led to the development of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons can cause great destruction, but they can also be used in a beneficial way -- asteroids or other objects that may be heading for a collision with the Earth could be diverted by nuclear weapons.

The 40-minute Sky Show "Albert Einstein - Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of the Theory of Special Relativity" will be screened daily at 2.40pm and 6.10pm at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. There will be an additional screening at 11.10am on Sundays and public holidays. The Space Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets for $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls). Full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities will receive a half-price concession.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the museum's website at .

Ends/Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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