Centenary of the 1919 Solar Eclipse

Solar corona seen during the total solar eclipse of 1919.
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Sign up for a free ticket via Eventbrite to visit the Royal Astronomical Society, which will be marking the centenary of the 1919 solar eclipse on Wednesday 29th May (the anniversary) and Friday 31st May (London History Day). Entry starts from 11am on both days.

Drop into the Society's library and learn more about this historic event through interactive drama with Albert Einstein and Arthur Eddington. There will be a chance to see photographs of the 1919 eclipse, and illustrations of other eclipses throughout history.

If weather conditions allow, there will also be solar viewing through a telescope set up in Burlington House courtyard!

On 29 May 2019, 100 years will have passed since the confirmation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, an event that fundamentally changed our understanding of physics and astronomy. Astronomers observed a total eclipse of the Sun, and photographs taken during the eclipse showed the apparent deflection of stars from their normal position, confirming Einstein's theory.