• Short Summary

    THE MOON'S SHADOW RACED AT 1,500 MPH (2,480 KPH) ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES ON SATURDAY (7 MARCH) BRINGING DARKNESS AT NOON TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THE LAST TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THIS CENTURY.

  • Description

    THE MOON'S SHADOW RACED AT 1,500 MPH (2,480 KPH) ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES ON SATURDAY (7 MARCH) BRINGING DARKNESS AT NOON TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THE LAST TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THIS CENTURY.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TOTAL ECLIPSE IS THAT IT OCCURRED OVER DENSELY-POPULATED AREAS WHERE SCIENTISTS COULD OBSERVE IT EASILY.

    IN AN ECLIPSE, THE MOON COMES RIGHT BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SUN. ITS SHADOW CREATES AN AREA OF TOTAL DARKNESS - THE UMBRA -- AND BEYOND THAT, THE PENUMBRA, AN AREA OF HALF-SHADOW.

    SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY CENTRED ON THE MEXICAN TOWN OF MIAHUATLAN, BECAUSE THE HIGH ALTITUDE AND CLEAR AIR THERE MEANT GOOD VIEWING. THE 500 - ODD SCIENTISTS IN AND AROUND THE VILLAGE INCLUDED RUSSIANS, AMERICANS, DUTCHMEN, AND ASTRONOMERS FROM FOURTEEN NATIONS.

    FOR THEM AN ECLIPSE IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE THE COOLER AND DULLER PARTS OF THE SUN WHICH ARE NORMALLY INVISIBLE AGAINST THE BRILLIANCE OF THE REST OF ITS SURFACE.

    AS THE MOON FINALLY BLOCKED OUT THE MAIN GLARE OF THE SUN THE ASTRONOMERS STARTED THE THREE MINUTES OF INTENSIVE STUDY OF THE CHROMOSPHERE AND CORONA OF THE SUN WHICH IS ALL THE TIME THAT AN ECLIPSE ALLOWS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABO9TIPG2TD2O3UDK9KS7FZTDT
    Media URN:
    VLVABO9TIPG2TD2O3UDK9KS7FZTDT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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