An actual headline from The New York Times in 1919
I love this so much.
These headlines are super great, and also very appropriate! They refer to one of the first (if not THE first, I can’t remember) pieces of evidence that Einstein’s theory of General Relativity is valid.
When we look at the night sky, the stars tend to stay where they are relative to each other, because most stars don’t move noticeably. But General Relativity predicts that light can be affected by gravity. So if the light from some distant star passes close to a really massive body, like the Sun, it might get pulled toward the body, and the star would look like it’s in a different place. Since the Sun moves across the stars over the course of a year, we could see if the relative positions of the stars changed when they were close to the Sun… but the Sun is super bright, we can’t see stars close to it! So they waited for a solar eclipse, when the Moon could block enough of the sunlight to see stars near the Sun. And they were in different positions than normal!! I’m pretty agog over that too!! More or less.
The phenomenon is called “Gravitational Lensing” or more specifically “Weak Lensing” if you want to learn more!
So im just putting ths out here. How many of you guys would be interested in organised skype group crits? We can all collectively get together, share, talk discuss projects, processes and procrastination. Like a community crit, any level, positive productive feedback.
One thing i hated at uni was being physically there, unable to run away, not show up at all.. I figured this would be a good thing because i know many of you share the same feeling.