A total solar eclipse occurred on June 8, 1918, stretching diagonally from Washington state through Florida. On June 7,1918, the day before the eclipse, the Chillicothe Constitution advised readers to watch for the eclipse, and stated that another one like it would not occur until 2017.
A total solar eclipse occurred on June 8, 1918, stretching diagonally from Washington state through Florida. On June 7,1918, the day before the eclipse, the Chillicothe Constitution advised readers to watch for the eclipse, and stated that another one like it would not occur until 2017. WATCH FOR ECLIPSE OF SUN TOMORROW WILL REACH ITS MAXIMUM AT 6:27 P.M. Starts at 5:22 in the afternoon and continues until 7:27 – Don’t Observe Eclipse With Naked Eye. An eclipse of the sun, almost total here, will be visible in Chillicothe tomorrow (Saturday), beginning at 5:22 p.m. and terminating locally at 7:27. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 6:27 o’clock, when between 91 and 92 percent of the sun will be obscured here. The eclipse will be total over a path 150 miles wide from Astoria, Ore., to Orlando, Fla., and will be partial elsewhere throughout North America. It will be 88 per cent total in St. Louis and 58 percent total as far north and east as Augusta, Me. The schedule prepared as to the time when the eclipse is visible is according to the present daylight saving plan. The almanacs prepared last winter show the time as an hour earlier. The eclipse is of remarkable interest. Another like it will not occur within a lifetime of any now living who are old enough to appreciate it. There will one just like it in 2017. A telescope will not be necessary in observing the eclipse as it can be seen almost as well by the naked eye, protected by smoked glass, it is said. One of the best ways will be thru a used Kodak film*. – Chillicothe Constitution June 7, 1918. * PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN 1918. NO SUNGLASSES, X-RAYS, UNDEVELOPED FILM OR OTHER HOMEMADE FILTERS ARE SAFE FOR LOOKING AT THE SUN. A newspaper clipping from June 10, 1918 tells about the event in Chillicothe. Eclipse of Sun was Plain. Hundreds of Chillicotheans stood on their lawns and grouped together on the street corners late Saturday to view the first eclipse of the sun which hasn’t appeared in this country since 1900. The moon began its trip across the solar disk at 5:27 o’clock in the afternoon and did not pass from between the earth and the sun until two hours later. At 6:30 o’clock, the moon had hidden practically 90 per cent of the sun’s surface. From the moment when the moon first dented the solar disk until the maximum of obscuration was reached the sky became gradually darkened, finally reaching a degree of dullness. The path of totality of the eclipse Saturday extended along a line about 60 miles wide diagonally across the United States from Southwestern Washington to Central Florida. The actual time required for the shadow to complete its course was forty-six minutes. – Chillicothe Constitution June 10, 1918