Eclipse of Sun Recorded by Science
Today’s phenomenon gives new effects
April 26th, 1930
The split seconds eclipse of the sun today was safely recorded on the scores of photographic films and plates and on many hundreds of feet of talking picture film.
The victory of science and aviation was practically complete, according to Dr. Seth Nicholson, chief of the eclipse party from Pasadena.
The only record that is of no scientific value, he estimated, was a series of pictures to give the measurements of the brightness of the sky as the eclipse developed.
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The best picture was believed to be that taken in the Honey Lake Valley by Dr. Harold Babcock with his queer looking corporeal spectrograph. This picture will show the constitution of the sun’s atmosphere.
Residents and visitors of the valley were discussing the many weird, uncanny effects as the eclipse cast over them.
The light diminished over the sagebrush very gradually at first, then as the moon slid more nearly over the sun’s face, the light dropped with startling speed until a ghostly grayish luminosity, tinted with vague purple fires that were millions of miles away, enveloped the landscape.
A sudden chill struck, and dew formed, but that was only for an instant.
“I wanted to run away,” said one local woman, “I felt I was not safe where I was.”
It will be several days before the pictorial record of the eclipse, made by astronomers is complete, they announced, but some of the super sensitized pictures were hurried back to Reno, where Dr. Babcock and Prof. Theodore Durum Junior were developing the negatives in a laboratory furnished by the Nevada University.
A peculiar cloud formation resembling the smoke trail of a “sky” writer’s plane was encountered at an elevation of 18,030 feet over Milford, near here, by two naval flyers who took pictures of the sun eclipse yesterday.
One of the aviators, Lieut. L.H. Gehres, himself an astronomer, declared he had never before witnessed such a strange cloud formation and expressed the belief that the phenomenon, probably was caused by the solar eclipse.
At times during the flight, Lieut. Gehres said, the mist was so thick it was difficult to see the plane’s instruments.
Lieut. J.M. Haase, naval photographer, accompanying Lieut. Gehres, said he obtained some excellent pictures of the eclipse, however.
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