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Spinning Foucault's Pendulum at the Panthéon
Submitted: Feb 12, '08
Great Travel Moment
Our tour group parted for the day in the neighborhood of the Pantheon which was not on our itinerary for the tour. So we set out to find our way. Everyone we asked for directions, seemed to be from everywhere, but Paris. Eventually we ducked into a Starbucks and received directions. This picture I took when we stepped into the main hall where the infamous 1851 Foucault's Pendulum experiment resides. The iron pendulum falls from a cable in the dome which doesn't touch the ground. It remains unchanged with respect to the stars even as the earth rotates. Proof that the Panthéon moves around the pendulum and not vice-versa. Foucault invited scientists of the day to come and witness his revolutionary experiment which would provide proof that the earth does indeed spin on its axis. My cousin and I left, speechless and so happy that we went off on our own and found our own little piece of Paris.