Photographic print, mounted, Walter Gale and the British Astronomical Association eclipse expedition, card / silver / gelatin, used by Sydney Observatory, Stanhope, Queensland, Australia, 1922
This photograph is of the scientific expedition led by Walter Gale to Stanhope in Queensland to view the 1922 solar eclipse. He we see Gale and members of his team with their instruments
The scientific community used this opportunity to confirm Einstein's prediction that light passing the sun would be bent by gravity, by 1.76 seconds of arc. As a result a number of eclipse expeditions made their way across Australia in August 1922. For more information see the attached theme 'Eclipse Expedition to Goondiwindi, Australia, 1922'.
Geoff Barker, Curatorial, October 2008
Campbell, W. W., 'The Total Eclipse of the Sun, September 21, 1922', Astronomical Society of the Pacific, provided by the NASA Astrophysics Data System, May 2008
Catalogue record, University of Malbourne Archives, http://app1.lib.unimelb.edu.au/cgi-bin/mua-search?tdetails=3214;imgdetails=3214, accessed April, 2008
Cooke W. E., The Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun, 1922, September 21, Sydney Observatory Monograph, Alfred James Kent, Government Printer, 1923
Dyson, Frank, Turner, H. H., 'The Confirmation of the Einstein Prediction', Science, New Series, volume 57, number 1481, 18 May, 1923, American Association for the Advancement of Science, stable URL, http://www.jstor.org/stable/1646760
The photograph was taken on 22nd September 1922 in Goondiwindi, Queensland during the British Astronomical Associations eclipse expedition.