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History of Astronomy Talk: ‘Sir Arthur Eddington: England’s Luckiest Astrophysicist’

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944)Please note that this talk will be taking place at Mycenae House, not at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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The total solar eclipse of May 1919 provided a well-timed opportunity to prove or disprove Einstein’s theory that gravity can bend light. A number of very fortunate circumstances came together, without which Arthur Eddington, who led one of the two expeditions, would not have been able to play his world-changing role in this extraordinary exercise.

Eddington wasn’t the only important scientist in this experiment, however, but his fame later eclipsed that of Greenwich’s Astronomer Royal Sir Frank Dyson. Moreover, Eddington’s contribution to astrophysics goes beyond the 1919 proof.

In this talk, Flamsteed chair Andy Sawers shares what he has learned about the 1919 eclipse and one of the most interesting people in early 20th-century astrophysics.

 

 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY.

Please do not book a place on this event if you are not a member of the society. Your booking will be cancelled if your name does not appear on our membership database.

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Date:
June 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mycenae House
90 Mycenae Road
Blackheath, Greater London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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