Digitally reconditioned and made free on the internet the first full-scale solar eclipse recorded over a hundred years ago.
The original recording was made by amateur British astronomer Nevil Maskelyne, a renowned magician and filmmaker, on May 28, 1900, in the state of North Carolina, where he arrived under the expedition of the British Astronomical Association, writes Phys.org.
Maskelyne made a special telescopic adapter for her camera to capture the astronomical phenomenon. According to experts, this is the only known recording that has survived from Maskelyne.
More than a hundred years of recordings were kept by the British Royal Astronomical Society’s archives, and the British Film Institute’s experts were restored and digitized from frame to frame.
The almost one-minute Solar Eclipse (1900) recording is available for free on the Internet.