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The Solar Eclipse That Made Einstein Famous

Albert Einstein, one of the Institute's first Faculty members, argued that what we understand as gravity is, in fact, from the curvature of space and time — a hotly debated notion among physicists at the time.

Then came the solar eclipse of 1919 — more than six minutes of darkness along a path that stretched from South America to Africa and changed the course of Einstein’s life. Some people refer to the May 29, 1919, event “Einstein’s eclipse.”

Nearly a century later, on August 21, a solar eclipse will sweep across the United States in one of the most anticipated astronomical events in the country’s history. 

Read more at The Washington Post.

Date
August 15, 2017