Solar eclipse of August 7, 1869
|Solar eclipse of August 7, 1869|
|Type of eclipse|
|Max. width of band||254 km|
|Saros||143 (15 of 72)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||9209|
A total solar eclipse occurred on August 7, 1869. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.
In 1869, astronomer and explorer George Davidson made a scientific trip to the Chilkat Valley of Alaska. He told the Chilkat Indians that he was especially anxious to observe a total eclipse of the sun that was predicted to occur the following day, August 7. This prediction was considered to have saved them from an attack.
It is a part of solar Saros 143.
- August 7, 1869, Astronomer impresses Indians with eclipse George Davidson, a prominent astronomer and explorer, impresses Alaskan Native Americans with his ability to predict a total solar eclipse.
- Sketch of Solar Corona 1869 August 7
- The Solar Eclipse of 7 August 1869 P 70: Coast Survey Report 1869, 126-27, Cambridge, August 20, 1869
- Observatory, United States Naval (1870). Reports on observations of the total eclipse of the sun, August, 7, 1869 (Google eBook).
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