General Relativity at 100: Students Explore Einstein's Theory

The Sun is a big black circle with bursts of light protruding around its edge as it is eclipsed by the Moon.
Photograph of the solar eclipse by Arthur Eddington and Edwin Cottingham, Principe, 29 May 1919
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Register for a special school event at the Royal Astronomical Society celebrating the centenary of the confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Years 11-13
Wednesday 6 November, Two sessions: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ

Seats are limited. Please email to reserve your attendance to this special event. 


100 years ago Albert Einstein became a global science superstar. On 6 November 1919 scientists announced the results of expeditions to observe solar eclipses in Principe, off the coast of west Africa, and Sobral, in Brazil. These proved Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which changed the way we think about the universe, and in everyday life helps GPS work on mobile phones!

On 6 November, the Royal Astronomical Society will run a special event aimed at but not limited to physics students in years 11-13, celebrating the work of Einstein, and the British scientists, like Arthur Eddington, who brought it to the world.

During a special 2-hour session, students will take part in an immersive theatre event, re-enacting Eddington’s work. They will use the evidence from 100 years ago to prove the theory for themselves – and even have a chance to talk to ‘Einstein’ and ‘Eddington’. A present-day astronomer and writer will be there too for a conversation about how far we have come.

The RAS is working with Spectrum Drama on this event, and we are indebted to Mark Shuttleworth for his financial support. To book please click on this link. The event is free to attend, but spaces are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. The RAS can offer support for travel costs for students with limited mobility.

For more information please contact Dr Sheila Kanani, RAS Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer:




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The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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