Glass positive photograph of total solar eclipse

Made:
1919
photographer:
Royal Observatory, Greenwich

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Photograph of the Corona taken at the total Solar Eclipse 1919 May 29 at Sobral, Brazil, with a telescope 4 inches aperture 19 feet focal length, glass positive (10" x 12"). The expedition organised by Sir Arthur Eddington of the Royal Greenwich Observatory used photographs taken during the eclipse to measure the deflection of star light adjacent to the Sun as predicted by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1920-18
Materials:
glass, paper
Measurements:
overall (in mount): 260 mm x 310 mm 1.33 kg
type:
solar eclipse
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
  • positive - photograph
credit:
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
status:
Permanent collection

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