Some historical documents to see

NASA’s History Division presently have a webpage up showing an early image taken of the Sun from 1845, sporting some nice sunspots. It was released to coincide with the first image ever taken of a solar eclipse, but for some reason, there’s no eclipse image in there. To make up for this, here’s some descriptions of the July 11th eclipse and some more, both taken from the recent circular of the Lunar Section of the British Astronomical Association, and here’s a few images showing the eclipse happening at local sunset.

Meanwhile the observational records of Thomas Harriot (also including images of sunspots, this time drawings), who beat even Galileo to viewing the skies with a telescope, have been on display at the Science Museum in South London for the past year. This weekend marks the last chance to see them before they return to their home and are replaced by fascimilies.

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