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Total Eclipses of the Sun

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Science  19 Dec 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4476, pp. 1313-1319
DOI: 10.1126/science.210.4476.1313

Abstract

Total eclipses of the sun offer research opportunities in a variety of sciences. Some of the advances in solar physics resulting from eclipse observations are discussed. Experiments at the total eclipse of 16 February 1980 in India are also described. These included a test of general relativity, studies in coronal physics, investigations of solar prominences, diameter measurements, a search for interplanetary dust, a study of the gravity waves in the earth's atmosphere, and experiments on the biological effects on animals and humans.