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Glass Negative - Visitors Inspecting Huts, Solar Eclipse Expedition, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Sep 1922 Image Reg. No: MM 030307

Summary:
Visitors inspecting the huts and equipment during the Solar Eclipse Expedition, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Sep 1922. The hut of Dr Joseph Baldwin, Victorian Government Astronomer, is on the left.

In 1922, Joseph Baldwin led a Melbourne Observatory solar eclipse expedition to Goondiwindi, Queensland, joining with another group from Sydney Observatory.

The purpose of the expedition was to test Einstein's general theory of relativity. Einstein's theory predicted that the light travelling to us from stars should bend as it passed the Sun, due to the curvature in space-time created by the massive object. A solar eclipse expedition in 1919 had found such a bending of the light, but in 1922 it was still important to undertake confirming observations. The Goondiwindi expedition was not very successful, as they were unable to take sufficiently precise photographs to test the theory.

The US Lick Observatory's group at Wallal, Western Australia, succeeded in making observations that confirmed Einstein's theory.
Description Of Content:
View of a group of visitors, including woman and children visiting and inspecting equipment in wood framed structures, in grounds of Observatory. Possibly 1910.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: observatories
Themes this item is part of: Eclipse Expeditions from Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: expeditions
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White; Quarter Plate
Place & Date Depicted: Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia, Sep 1922
Organiser of Expedition: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1922

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