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The Sun Eclipsed

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Tin: 9OLAB E LIP8E. Bi Fin '.ei-' o, Jan. 2.- The conditiona wercs generally favorable 'Jueslay both in California and Nevada for a olear observation of thc total eclipse of the sun. ]u city the eolipse was oal.v partial, about eleven-twclí'ths of thu sun's surface being obscured. Durins' the pcriod oi greatest obsourlty it bec míe quite dark, and ono star was plainly seen. íSax Francisco, Jan. 2. -Prof. Louia Swift. director of the Warner übservatory of Roehester. N. Y., telegraphs as followa from Nel' n. CaL, whare he tcok observations of the bun's Oelipse: "As í-ít bs altording opportunlty to search for Intramerourial planeta it was a (aliare on account oí clouda and haza. All four contacts were well mailt', a chronometer watch previously set to Lick Observatory time being used. Five very sniall colorless protubcrunces were seen, all havlng pointed apexes; near the point of one was another, detached from the sun. Bailey's lieads were seen at the second and third contacta, uut entirely Hice those seen at Denver in 1878. No chromosphere was seen, tuouRh looked íor. Mercury, Venus, Vega and Alphobygni were seen. The corona could not be drawn, but as seen tlirougn the telescopes was not very extensive." No scientific sbservations were made m the city. 'lbo path of totality in California was from fifty to one hundred miles nonh ot San Francisco, and trains from. this city conveyed a large number of people to the various points favorable for observation. The weather at Marysville was very clear. The nrst contact was about 12:30. During the progresa of the eclipse the weather becaine quite cool. Several streaks of lightning were observad during totality. Beveral expo-mres of wet and drv plates were made during totality, fiad the views will be sent to Amherst College. Prof. E. S. Holden, of Lick Observatory, telegraphs ttiat the beginning of the eclipse and the last contact were successful at that point. Photographs were taken. At Oroville a cloud obscured the view of totality, but a good view was had up to within a few minutes of that period. A party from Lick Observatory in charge of Prof. J. E. Keiler made successful observations at Barllett Spricgs. Prof. Keiler telegraphs that the corona was beautifully distinct, and that he saw remarkable changos in the length of the coronal Unes. Prof. Barnard obtained nine photographs. Prof. Hill photographed all the contacts and studied the structure of the inner corona. Prof. Benschner made seven measures of light during totality. At Brass Valley white clouds obscured i the sun a little, bat dur.ngthe period of totality tho stars and lare planets were seen with the naked eye. The corona and protuberances were a, grand sigbt. The thermometer feil 7 degrees betweon the flrst contact and totality. At Virginia City, Nev., the thermometer was 30 degrees at time of flrst contact and dropped to Í30 degrees during the progress of the eclipse. A heavy fog. prevailed at Truckee and during the eclipse it was necessary to use electric lights in the streeta. AtRedwood City the atmosphere was Very cold during the eclipse. Two stars were plainly visible. At Healdsburg' Venus, Mars, Júpiter, Mercury acd stars near tho sun were visible. The corona appeared with long rays of light parallel to the equator of the sun. Prof. (J. E. Hall succeeded in securing a number of fine photographs of the corona which shows rays extending ten or twelve degreos from the sun. Only a rose-colored proturberance was visible at Oriand, but Venus and several stars were visible. Three photographs were successfully taken. At Winnemucca, Nev., the weather was clear during the entire day and observ#tions of tho eclipse were entirely uccesslul. Thomas Davklson, under instructious from Howard Observatory, discovered two comets near the sun. Drawings, photographs and cotes were taken by Prof. Howe, of Denver, and numerous assistants. The photographic negativos have uot been developed and the exact resulta are unknown. The corona was similar to that of 1878. Streamers extended to from three to four diameters and the red protuberances were strongly marked.


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