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2017-07-31. The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe.

posted Aug 13, 2017, 10:25 PM by Alan Gould
By Dennis Overbye, The New York Times. For GSS A Changing Cosmos chapter 3. Excerpt: In 1919, British astronomers photographed a solar eclipse and proved that light bends around our sun — affirming Einstein’s theory of general relativity. ...Few eclipses have had more impact on modern history than the one that occurred on May 29, 1919, more than six minutes of darkness sweeping across South America and across the Atlantic to Africa. It was during that eclipse that the British astronomer Arthur Eddington ascertained that the light rays from distant stars had been wrenched off their paths by the gravitational field of the sun. That affirmed the prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, ascribing gravity to a warp in the geometry of space-time, that gravity could bend light beams.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/science/eclipse-einstein-general-relativity.html