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24th of May 2023
ATNF Colloquium
Eclipse chasers: Solar eclipses in Australia
Nick Lomb (U. of South Queensland) and Toner Stevenson (USyd)
Abstract: In this presentation, we give a few extracts from our book Eclipse Chasers, recently published by CSIRO Publishing. Toner will focus on the 1922 eclipse experiment to confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity, while Nick will discuss the 1974 and 1976 total solar eclipses, highlighting the involvement of CSIRO scientists. He will also mention the various mixed government and media messages that influenced public viewing of these events. Toner will conclude the presentation by showing her spectacular images of the recent eclipse in Exmouth and will leave you anticipating the next total solar eclipse to be visible in Australia. Eclipse Chasers by Nick Lomb and Toner Stevenson, together with expert collaborators, is a complete guide to past and future Australian eclipses. Past total solar eclipse campaigns described include the Far North Queensland eclipse of 1871 that is significant in the history of Australian science, the famous 1922 "Einstein" eclipse in which the previously hidden role of women and First Nations people is emphasised and the eclipses of 1974 and 1976 in which CSIRO scientists had a major role. The book also explores the great significance of solar eclipses for First Nations peoples, and their observations and cultural meanings.

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