A description of the approaching solar eclipse, 1918
Phenomena of the Eclipse. The moon is, of course, quite close to the sun just before the beginning of the eclipse, but naturally is invisible t us. Suddenly we find that a little dent has been made in the sun's previously perfect edge. Very slowly the dark area progresses eastward in its course. So far nothing about us seems changed: the day if as bright as ever. Half of the sun becomes covered and still we are in broad daylight, but the moon steadily continues to decrease the suns brilliant surface, and when only a flight crescent remains we notice that darkness is really gathering. If we are located near a leafy tree we will find that its shadow is interspersed with small crescents of light, which are images of the sua produced produced by the small openings amongst the branches and leaves, a pin-hole pin-hole pin-hole camera camera effect. As the crescent dwindles to a thin line of light tie darkness becomes more marked. In the instant that the sun is entirely obliterated the darkness is like deep twilight and through psychological effect decidedly uncanny. Then there flash into view around the black disk of the moon rose-red rose-red rose-red prominences which, shoot out from the sun thousands of miles into space ; around the entire sun piay the pale halo and the streamers of the solar corona. In the absence of direct 'sunlight the neighboring first magnitude stars and planets become risible. risible. We shall probably see AHebaran, Sinus. The Twins and the Orion stars, as well as the planets Jupiter and Mercury, the latter of which is always close to the sun. AVe cart tell of this wonderful sight, but cannot describe it adequately. adequately. ISo and see for yourself. As we stand gazing in silence the moon moves steadily onward, and presently uncovers the western limb of the sun. A beam of direi-t direi-t direi-t sunlight strikes the earth and immediately the vision of beauty vanishes. The eclipse returns once more to the partial phase, bringing the day back with it, but the image of the solar glory remains with us forever.