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    THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN, JANUARY 14.— It is hoped that fine weather has favoured the various expeditions sent to stations on the path of totality passing from East Africa across the Indian Ocean to Sumatra and Borneo. One matter of interest is the shape of the corona, which is known to vary in a cyclical manner with the sunspots, flocculi, and prominences. This eclipse, occurring about midway between sunspot minimum and maximum, may be expected to show a type of corona which is intermediate between the characteristic minimum type, with polar “brushes” and extended equatorial streamers, and that of the maximum type in which the distribution of the corona is more concentric with the sun's disc.

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