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May 29, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: HopCat | Map
4265 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Please join us for the Planetarium's first LAB (Lecture At the Bar) Night! LAB Nights are similar to our Science Under the Dome lecture series, but held on occasion at regional bars for special occasions.  The event is free but space is limited and reservations via the WSU Events Calendar are required.


One hundred years ago on May 29, 1919 a conceptually simple, but difficult to execute, experiment was performed at two locations on the globe. The aim was simply to take precise pictures of a star field during a total solar eclipse. The experiment was successful, but just barely so, and showed that gravity is better described by a new theory called General Relativity (by you know who) than the Newtonian picture that had been hugely successful for the previous two centuries.

Dr. Bill Llope (WSU Physics & Astronomy) will discuss for a general audience the experimental expeditions that set out from England to Sobral, Brazil and to the island of Principé that managed to take the needed photographs exactly a century ago. It wasn't easy. These photographs forever changed our view of gravity, and indeed of space-time itself, and made the theorist that suggested the radical new theory a household name the world around. Please join us on this fabulous historical journey in physics and enjoy the great food and drink at HopCat! 

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 3135776455 or mccullen@wayne.edu.