On July 2nd, a total solar eclipse passed over Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. A team of students from the University of La Serena attemped to recreate the Eddington Experiment that provided the first experimental evidence for Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915. 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.
To test Albert Einstein’s prediction, with his General Theory of Relativity, with observations from the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, observers led by Arthur Eddington went to Principe.
Date: April 6, 2009 Title: Chandra: Contemplating Infinity Podcaster: Colin Stuart Description: The year is 1930. We’re in India, a country still under the iron grip of the British Raj. At the bustling docks of Madras a young nineteen-year-old Indian physicist is setting sail for English shores and Cambridge University. Voyaging westward Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Chandra […]