Thursday 21 November 2013

Astronomy Scrapbook Friday November 22nd 2013

Things are becoming very crowded in the east-south east part of the sky as dawn breaks. Here can be found comet ISON around mag +5 Comet 2P/Encke around 5th mag, Mercury at -0.6 and Saturn at mag +0.8.

On This Day November 22nd 1944.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington died this day, He was born in Cumbria, England. He was an astrophysicist of the early 20th century. He was also a  philosopher of science as well as a populariser of science. The Eddington Limit,  the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honour.
He is famous for his work regarding the theory of relativity. Eddington wrote a number of articles which announced and explained Einstein`s theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world. He also conducted an expedition to observe the Solar eclipse of May 29th 1919 that provided one of the earliest confirmations of relativity, and he became known for his popular expositions and interpretations of the theory.

 Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM FRS(28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944)

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