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The Total Solar Eclipse of September 21


THERE are at present in the Saros Cycle two series of eclipses which have unusual length of totality; one including those of 1865, 1883, 1901, 1919, the other including the great Indian eclipse of 1868, in which the spectroscope was first applied to the prominences; also those of 1886 (West Indies) and 1904 (Pacific). The forthcoming eclipse, September 21, being three Saroses after that of 1868, is in nearly the same longitude, but has moved southward, the only land stations available being the Maldives, Christmas Island, and Australia.

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