Science: No Complaints

When a total eclipse of the sun passes any considerable distance across land, the gloating of astronomers who enjoyed clear weather during totality is usually mingled with groans from others foiled by clouds. Last week no groans were heard after the eclipse which crossed a great reach of the Pacific, touching almost no land (TIME, June 14). It was unfortunate that this celestial performance, which had a maximum totality duration unequaled in more than 1,200 years, should confine its watchers to three small, makeshift observation areas, only two of which were on solid...

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