Throwback Thursday: The 95th Anniversary of Relativity’s Confirmation (Synopsis)

“Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.” –Arthur Eddington

It might seem like General Relativity has been around forever, but it’s been less than a century since it was released and confirmed. In fact, today marks the 95th anniversary of the solar eclipse that changed our view of the Universe!

Actual negative and positive photographic plates from the 1919 Eddington Expedition, via http://www.sciencebuzz.org/buzz-tags/eddington-expedition.
Actual negative and positive photographic plates from the 1919 Eddington Expedition, via http://www.sciencebuzz.org/buzz-tags/eddington-expedition.

The reaction of the world was priceless, particularly of the New York Times when all was said and done.

Images credit: New York Times, 10 November 1919 (L); Illustrated London News, 22 November 1919 (R).
Images credit: New York Times, 10 November 1919 (L); Illustrated London News, 22 November 1919 (R).

Whether you’ve heard this story a thousand times or never once before, go read and enjoy this walk down memory lane, and find out about the day that physics, relativity and our understanding of space and time changed forever!