October 27, 2016

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The Daily Maine Fact

Solar Eclipse

Forgotten Firsts Dept.: On October 27, 1780, a Harvard professor and some of his students observed a solar eclipse on Islesboro. It was the first expedition mounted to study such a phenomenon in this country. The island was in British hands at the time, but the occupying force allowed the Americans to proceed if they promised not to talk to the residents. (Source: Tales of a Homemade Naturalist: The Maine Diaries of Herbert M.W. Haven, Philip Morrill, editor. Winthrop: Winthrop Mineral Shop, 1966)

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