• Short Summary

    NEARLY FIVE HUNDRED ASTRONOMERS AND SCIENTISTS FROM FOURTEEN COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN MAKING ELABORATE PREPARATIONS TO WATCH TOMORROW'S (SATURDAY) TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM THE MEXICAN VILLAGE OF MIAHUATLAN - CHOSEN BECAUSE OF ITS RECORD OF CLOUDLESS SKIES.

  • Description

    NEARLY FIVE HUNDRED ASTRONOMERS AND SCIENTISTS FROM FOURTEEN COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN MAKING ELABORATE PREPARATIONS TO WATCH TOMORROW'S (SATURDAY) TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM THE MEXICAN VILLAGE OF MIAHUATLAN - CHOSEN BECAUSE OF ITS RECORD OF CLOUDLESS SKIES. OTHER PREPARATIONS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT AT PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE IN FLORIDA, WERE A SPECIAL AIRCRAFT IS BEING EQUIPPED TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ECLIPSE FROM ABOVE THE CLOUDS. AND THE US NAVY HAS RELEASED THEIR OFFICIAL FILM TAKEN FROM SUDAN DURING THE 1952 ECLIPSE.

    ON FEBRUARY 25, 1952, CERTAIN AREAS OF AFRICA WERE ABLE TO SEE THE FULL TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN BY THE MOON. THEN, ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS FOR OBSERVING THE ECLIPSE WAS KHARTOUM, IN SUDAN, AND A CAMERAMAN FROM THE US NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY FILMED THE ENTIRE 3 MINUTES AND TEN SECONDS OF THE ECLIPSE FROM THE AFRICAN CAPITAL.

    THE FILM HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED BY THE US NAVY AS THE WORLD ONCE MORE PREPARES TO SEE A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

    SOME OF THE 282 ASTRONOMERS NOW LIVING IN TENTS AND CARAVANS IN THE REMOTE CORN-GROWING REGION OF SOUTHERN MEXICO NEAR OAXACA ARE RUSSIANS - OTHERS ARE FROM THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA). SUCH IS THE INTEREST CREATED BY THE ECLIPSE, THAT ALL ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON COLLECTING DATA ON TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, PRESSURES, SOLAR ACTIVITY ON THE SUN'S CHROMOSPHERE (OUTER HALO) - A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN EXPERIMENTS WHICH COULD BE DESTROYED BY JUST A CLOUDY DAY.

    THE RUSSIANS EXPECT TO CARRY OUT 12 EXPERIMENTS - INCLUDING THE PHOTOGRAPHING OF THE SUN'S CHROMOSPHERE AND CORONA WHICH WILL APPEAR AS A BLAZE AROUND THE BLACK DISC OF THE MOON.

    OF THE 18 DIFFERENT US EXPEDITIONS - MOST ARE STUDYING THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE SUN IN RELATION TO COMMUNICATIONS ON EARTH THE UPPER IONOSPHERE, ONE HAS INSTALLED A FOUR-BARRELLED TELESCOPE AND SHADOW-BAND SYSTEM FOR SUN POLARISATION, AND ANOTHER HAS A SPECTROGRAPH TRAILER WHICH THEY CAN HOOK UP AND IMMEDIATELY TRANSFER TO A SECOND CAMP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILLS IF THE WEATHER TURNS BAD IN MIAHUATLAN.

    INDIA'S TWO-MAN TEAM OF DR. M.K.V. BAPPU AND HIS ASSISTANT FROM KODAIKANAL OBSERVATORY WILL BE ATTEMPTING TO COMPLETE FOUR EXPERIMENTS DURING THE ECLIPSE - WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST 204 SECONDS.

    ACROSS THE GULF OF MEXICO, IN FLORIDA, THE PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE IS ALSO PREPARING FOR THE ECLIPSE - A SPECIAL KC-135 JET AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN OUTFITTED TO FLY ABOVE ANY CLOUDS, CARRYING TELESCOPES AND CAMERAS, TO RECORD THE PHENOMENON FROM THE AIR. IN ALL, SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THAT THIS BE THE MOST OBSERVED AND BEST DOCUMENTED SOLAR ECLIPSE EVER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7E551HRO47DDBV5LSFBYIJUVZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7E551HRO47DDBV5LSFBYIJUVZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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