The RAS Public Lecture: From Kendal to Príncipe – Eddington & Einstein


Event details

  • Tuesday 2 July
  • 7pm
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 5985900

Born in Kendal, Arthur Stanley Eddington introduced the English-speaking world to Einstein’s theories and in 1919 travelled to Príncipe to undertake important astronomical measurements to verify one of Einstein’s predictions.

In this talk, Professor Bell Burnell will discuss how an expedition to observe a total eclipse of the Sun from a small island off the west coast of Africa came to be regarded as a highlight of 20th-century science.

This public lecture is presented as part of the Royal Astronomical Society’s annual National Astronomy Meeting, hosted this year by Lancaster University. As well as 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of Eddington’s historic Príncipe expedition, 2nd July 2019 will witness another total eclipse, this time visible from parts of South America, with totality occurring at 20:24 BST.

Following Professor Bell Burnell’s lecture, audience members are invited to take refreshments and enjoy live-streamed video of the eclipse.


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