Watch the nearly 120-year-old first recording of a solar eclipse

The first video recording of a solar eclipse is now available to watch on YouTube. The clip, which lasts one minute and eight seconds, covers the totality of the eclipse, starting just before the Moon completely covers the Sun and lasting until just after it starts to move away.

This eclipse took place on May 28th, 1900, and it was recorded in North Carolina during an expedition by the British Astronomical Association. Magician Nevil Maskelyne recorded the footage using a telescopic adapter on his camera, which made the eclipse easier to capture.

Until it was released this week, the film was held in the archives of the Royal Astronomical Society. According to the society, this was actually the second time that Maskelyne tried to film a...

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