1905 Solar Eclipse


1905 Solar Eclipse


In January of 1905, it was predicted that on Wednesday, August 30, 1905 (USA), there would be a total solar eclipse, with the moon passing between the Earth and the sun. The prediction was an article printed in the January issue of the Adair County News (attached), and stated that it would be a partial eclipse only in Kentucky. Though that was not totally true. When the eclipse occurred as predicted, it was viewed by the entire northern hemisphere. The total eclipse lasted 3 minutes and 46 seconds, and was preceded on August 15, 1905 by a partial lunar eclipse. Both were within the Saros Series 143 of eclipses. The saros is an exact period that can be used to predict eclipses of the sun and the moon. Each saros starts with a partial eclipse. The 1905 total solar eclipse was predicted using centuries of knowledge and garnered more attention than had been given to previous eclipses. One reason for more attention was said to be due to the moon-shadowed path crossing a “readily accessible part of the globe,” written by Dr. S. A. Mitchell in Popular Science Monthly.


Chas. S. Harris




Reinette Jones, University of Kentucky Librarian & African American Studies Academic Liaison


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