The Sun's Corona

Hundreds of distinguished American and European astronomers gathered in southwest California and northwest Mexico and staked weeks of time and thousands of dollars on the chance of two minutes and 58 seconds of clear weather last Monday to permit them to make the scientific observations and photographs of a total eclipse of the sun (TIME, Sept. 3, Sept. 10).

On Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands, off the coast near Los Angeles, and at San Diego, Ensenada, Mexico and other Lower California posts, the sky was...

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