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May 29, 2011 / jmeuropeana

General Relativity confirmed by observation

On the 29th of May –

In 1919 Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity is tested and later confirmed by Arthur Eddington’s observation of the total solar eclipse in Principe as well as by Andrew Crommelin’s obesvations in Brazil. Einstein’s theory predicted a shift in the path that starlight would follow when passing close by a heavy object such as the sun. By observing the apparent shift in location of a star that is nearly obscured by the sun (which at the time was only really possible during an eclipse), Eddignton and Crommelin were able to observe an almost perfect fity to the predictions made by Eisteins’s theory.
The nature of the physical world, by A.S. Eddington ...
Albert Einstein 1879-1955, geleerde

Observations of solar eclipses have of course been made for many centuries, however this effect they were observing is small, and you need to know exactly what you are loking for.
Diagrams Of Solar Eclipses, In John Somour's 'Compotus'


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