Thursday 25 February 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Black Saturday Eclipse

Black Saturday Eclipse

On February 25th 1598 an eclipse of the Sun was visible over the UK. This was an unusual south-north eclipse, starting in Cornwall passing through Wales and ending in Aberdeen. The eclipse lasted for 1 minute and 33 seconds.

In Scotland the sky went so dark that according to reports people got lost while out in the snow and perished. This could be a reason why this eclipse is referred to in Scotland as the ‘Black Saturday Eclipse’

‘The date on the map is different to the text because the NASA eclipse site does not make an allowance for the change of calendar from the Julian to the Gregorian.

As a partial eclipse it was observed by Tycho Brahe in Holstein, Christen Hansen in Jutland, and by Longomontanus from Rostok.

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