2 March 2012

Mon 2 March 1942: perfect total eclipse

Very cold, rising somewhat in afternoon. Many hours of hazy sunshine, calm, pleasant. Walked along little rail path in afternoon. Only one errand today apart from going to pay the slate-club money. At night watched eclipse of the moon under perfect weather conditions. Eclipse became total at 12.35 a.m. on 3rd.Tues. The obscured moon was a deep coppery colour. At 1.10 a.m. was still total and a very deep reddish colour and darkness was intense. At 1.35 a.m. still total but could not stay up to see it pass out of the earth's shadow.

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