Eclipses explained

How Albert Einstein was proved right at a solar eclipse

Einstein’s general theory of relativity was studied at an ultra-long total solar eclipse

On May 29, 1919, astronomers from Britain traveled to Africa and Brazil to measure the exact position of stars in the Hyades star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.


To measure exactly where they were so they could see if their positions agreed with the laws of Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein.

You can read the whole incredible story on Forbes Science, where editor Jamie Carter delves into exactly what actually happened.

The path of totality on May 29, 1919, according to Xavier Jubier’s Interactive Google Maps for solar eclipses website

Credit: Google maps & Xavier Jubier