I am just wondering if it only took "eight minutes" (in some references, it is seven minutes), for the light coming from the sun to reach the earth? I think, if my hypothesis is valid, " It will take more than eight minutes for the light from the sun to reach the earth, if based on Einstein's theory that gravity affects light, (in case, gravity is indeed, a force)."
According to page 31 (lines 11-12), Stephen Hawking's book,'A Brief History of Time' (1988 edition) and I quote, "...so general relativity predicts light should be bent by gravitational field". While on that same book too, page 32 (lines 23-30), it is written and as I quote,"...another prediction of general relativity is that time should appear slower near a massive body like the earth...this prediction was tested in 1962...the clock at the bottom, which was nearer the earth was found to, run slower, in exact agreement with general relativity."
If my data is correct, the sun's mass is about 330,000 times more than the earth, (Therefore, its gravitational pull, in direct proportion is also, 330,000 times?). The gravity of the sun at its surface is 28 times greater (www.universetoday.com). Would you think with such tremendous pull of gravity, light could still travel at the speed of 186,000 miles per second? Is the 'eight-minute light-distance of the earth to the sun, the "net" result of computation in which other factors were taken into consideration? Or is it only an assumption (an approximate calculation)? If it is only an assumption, the sun could either be nearer or farther away from us by a light-distance of eight minutes. Should it will be wiser for us to think it over, to take note of Einstein's theory before we can conclude that the sun-earth distance is indeed, accurate?