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Astronomers are busy making preparations for their trip to the tropics to observe the total ecMpse of the .sun, which is. scheduled to take place on May 29. The eclipse will involve a large area of the earth's surface, partial eclipses of varying magnitude being visible throughout South America and Africa and a small part of Arabia. But the total phase, which is the main thing for professional astronomers, will be confined to'a narrow zone across tlie centre of South America (says a London paper), through the Atlantic, and then across Africa below the Equator to the Indian Ocean. A number of stations along the part of this zone on land will be occupied by astronomers from various parts of the world, English expeditions having chosen the island of Principo, near the coast- of Africa, and an elovated station in Brazil, about 50 miles inland from the Atlantic. At both of these i places the sun will be totally eclipsed for rather more than five minutes, quite a long • time where such phenomena are concerned. At one part of the track, indeed, totality will last about seven minutes; but as this will be in mid-Atlantic it will not be possible to take advantage of it. ■> The coming eclipse will begin at 10.30- a.m., Greenwich time, on May 29, and end just before 4 p.m., and the total phase will last altogether about three and a-quarter hours, though in no one place will its duration exceed seven minutes.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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ECLIPSE OF THE SUN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919