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Eclipses of the 1800s

The 1800s were the dawn of eclipse chasing. A collision of technology, science, and the ability to travel around the world brought about a flurry of activity related to eclipses. At the dawn of the century knowledge of the sun was severely limited to studies of the photosphere and sunspots. The corona was a complete mystery with the accepted theory being that it was either an atmospheric effect (optical illusion) or light scattering caused by an atmosphere on the moon. It was not considered part of the sun. Early in the 1800s the chromosphere was not yet discovered and the spectrograph had not yet been applied to study the nature of light.  

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1871 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1900 5" refractor and 135 foot scope in background. Reported by S.P....
1900 Image through 135 foot focal length scope from Science Vol XI N...
1889 Image from Professor Todd's New Astronomy, American Book Compan...
1871 Image from Weltschöpfun und Weltuntergang Stuttgart 1887
1900 Image from Elements of Astronomy by Young, 1889, 1897, Charles ...
1878 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1869 More spectra lines in the corona are observed indicating a poss...
1842 Total eclipse in Europe produced greatly improved observations....
1871 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1900 Image from Science Vol XI No286 June 1900 issue
1851 Image from The Coming Total Eclipse of the Sun by Professor Sim...
1893 Image from Professor Todd's New Astronomy, American Book Compan...
1867 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1900 Image from Science Vol XI No286 June 1900 issue
1778 Image from The Coming Total Eclipse of the Sun by Professor Sim...
1889 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1893 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1842 Total eclipse in Europe produced greatly improved observations....
1882 Egypt The first full spectrum of the corona was obtained in a p...
1871 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1871 Image from Professor Todd's New Astronomy, American Book Compan...
1806 Eclipse in the USA territories and young states (see related st...
1869 More spectra lines in the corona are observed indicating a poss...
1878 Image from Professor Todd's New Astronomy, American Book Compan...
1882 Egypt The first full spectrum of the corona was obtained in a p...
1857 Image from The Sun by C.A. Young, Appleton and Co. 1895.
1860 During the eclipses of 1851 and 1860 it was proved through clos...
1887 Eclipse paintings by the Prussian artist W. Kranz. The expediti...
1860 During the eclipses of 1851 and 1860 it was proved through clos...
1882 Egypt The first full spectrum of the corona was obtained in a p...