Podcaster: Rob Sparks
Title: 100 Years Since the Eddington Experiment
Description: Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915. One of the predictions was that massive objects could change the path of light. Four years later, Arthur Eddington led and experiment to observe the deflection of starlight during a total solar eclipse providing critical evidence supporting Einstein’s Theory.
Nearly 100 years later, a team of astronomers and students is attempting to recreate his experiment in Chile during a total solar eclipse on July 2nd. This podcast describes the original experiment and the preparations for the July 2nd total solar eclipse.
Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.
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