Looking Back at an Early 19th Century Solar Eclipse (credit: www.greatamericaneclipse.com)
DISCUSSION: As we turn the clock dial all the way back to June 16th, 1806, we arrive at a very historic event in space observational history. This mid-June date all the way back in 1806 was the date on which the Great American total solar eclipse occurred from California to Massachusetts. Impressively, this particular solar eclipse had a nearly five-minute duration associated with it. As far as solar eclipses are concerned, this is an unusually long duration but not impossible based upon the variable rate of progression of the zone of maximum eclipse (i.e., the zone of maximum darkness which is directly caused by the progression of the corona). To learn more about this historic solar eclipse, feel free to click on the following link!
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz
©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz