Monday, July 27, 2009

Does an Egg stand up during an eclipse? Yes

Penang, Malaysia, Group tries egg-balancing act during lunar eclipse
Source from the Star Newspaper:
Wednesday August 29, 2007
Out of the five eggs tested, four eggs stood on their ends during the eclipse.

Wong Soon Aik, 22, an applied physics USM student, was by far the most successful at standing an egg on its end.

“I’m really happy. At the beginning, I didn’t think it would stand,” he said.

Astronomy Club of Universiti Sains Malaysia advisor Dr Chong Hon Yew however, denied the eclipse played a part in the egg-standing experiment.

“Some believe that there is a change in gravity during an eclipse, but so far, there hasn’t been any solid scientific evidence,” he said.

He, however, admitted though that he frequently joined people all around the world in testing the traditional egg balancing belief during lunar eclipses.

The 10 members, students and members of the public had earlier gathered to witness the eclipse at about 7pm at the USM grounds.

Due to the rain, they assembled in a nearby room to hear explanations from Dr Chong who said that the best place to view the night’s eclipse was actually somewhere near the Central Pacific, where the total eclipse could be seen overhead.


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