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US eclipse expedition, West Africa, 1889

US eclipse expedition, West Africa, 1889

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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US eclipse expedition, West Africa, 1889. This expedition was led by US astronomer David Peck Todd (1855-1939). These huts housed the array of instruments used by the expedition. The party of astronomers sailed from New York, USA, on the USS Pensacola. They landed at Cape Ledo (in what is now Angola) and set up camp. Others present included US astronomer Harold Jacoby (1865-1932) and US meteorologist Frank H. Bigelow (1851-1924). The eclipse, which took place during the afternoon of 22 December 1889, was obscured on land by clouds. Observations were made from the ship, which followed the eclipse track at sea.

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