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The Lunar Eclipse of August 3

Naturevolume 36page367 (1887) | Download Citation



IT would be interesting to know if the following phenomenon was observed at other places. At 9.30 p.m., local time, at Hamburg, a small cumulus cloud was observed a little distance below the moon, and the dárkened part of the lunar surface was taken to be part of the cloud, from its upper edge being flattened. Ten minutes later the cloud had passed away, but the flattened appearance on the moon remained, and it was evident that the earth's shadow was distorted, as seen in the annexed sketch. Several persons noted the peculiarity, which was visible until about 10.30 p.m. in a very clear sky.

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