Ring of light

In the preparations for the World Year of Physics - or Einstein year as some people call it - some bright sparks thought it would be a good idea to commemorate the death of Einstein, on 18th April 1955, with a 'flash of light' encircling the globe. The plan was not supported by the UK's Institute of Physics because it "set a bad precedence, for example to commercial organisations that might wish to illuminate the night sky with advertising". The result was that the UK did not participate in the event so it almost passed me by. The light started in Princeton and travelled westwards to the Pacific. It travelled to China's Shangdong Province, and to Taipai where E=mc² was written in lights on the world's tallest building.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 19th Apr 2005 (22:42 UTC) | Permalink
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