50 years ago, one of the longest solar eclipses on Earth darkened the sky. Here’s how it happened.

Fifty years ago, on June 30, 1973, one of the longest total solar eclipses of modern times occurred.

The event made headlines around the world as few total solar eclipses in history have matched the duration of this particular event. Dr. Charles H. Smiley (1903-1977), a well-known expert in the field of solar eclipses and an astronomer at Brown University, pointed out: “From July 1, 1098 (Julian calendar) to June, There were 2,495 solar eclipses. February 24, 2150 (Gregorian calendar). Among them, the three days with the longest total solar eclipse duration were June 8, 1937, June 20, 1955, and June 30, 1973. Therefore , the 1973 event tied with the 1937 solar eclipse for second place in the nearly 1,052-year interval.”

Leave a Comment