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Observations and reports on solar eclipses, 1835 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/112

Scope and Contents

Observations and reports on solar eclipses, dealing in detail with the eclipses of 11 May 1724, 15 May 1836, 7 July 1842 and 8 October 1847. There is a map for the 1724 eclipse, tracing the areas affected by the eclipse, and a French article by M. Arago on observations of the eclipse near Stonehenge. The material for the 1836 annular eclipse include a sketch of the apparent path of the Moon's centre over the Sun, articles by Airy and from Scottish newspapers, and T. Henderson's observations. The papers on the 1842 total eclipse include sketches of the Moon's shadow over Southern France; a watercolour of the eclipse; letters from Dr W. Whewell, F. Baily, J.F.W. Herschel and H.C. Schumacher; an Italian work by F. Zantedeschi; and an account of the eclipse at Bombay. There is a map of Europe, letters from G.S.G. Santini and U.J.J. Le Verrier, instructions to the assistants and reports concerning the 1847 annular eclipse. There are also brief pieces on eclipses in 1834, 1839 and 1846; enquiries by Mr Nicholson and Mr Lea; and a short newspaper piece on ancient eclipses.


  • Creation: 1835 - 1847


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