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Total eclipse of the moon, 24th May, 1891, observed at Launceston

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:02 authored by Alfred Barrett Biggs
Total eclipse of the moon, 24th May, 1891.
Observed at Launceston ; Lat. S. 41deg. 26min. 01 sec.; Long. E. 9hrs. 48min. 31sec.
Unfortunately, although I had made arrangements for watching all through the duration of the eclipse, my hopes were doomed to disappointment in regard to a satisfactory view of the event. On turning out I found the whole sky overcast with clouds, the moon just peeping out now and then between the thick clouds, but always veiled more or less with haze. So transient were the views that it was some time before I could adjust the telescope to focus. Having missed the first contact with shadow, I hoped to get the beginning of total phase, but it was not until 2 1/2min. after totality had commenced, that I could get a view.

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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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