SE Newsletter December 1998

General: Paris exhibition

From: "Olivier Staiger" To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Re: Eclipse in 1973

> will be going to the Paris exhibition the weekend of 9 and 10 January.

Salut, Pat, I guess I missed something. Is this an exhibit in Paris about eclipses? Do you got more details please? When, where? thanks. Olivier

Also, I will have live report on annular eclipse february 16 on http://eclipse.span.ch/australia99.htm with links to other live webcasts. Anybody who hears about live webcasts of the annular eclipse in Australia (or also in Indian Ocean, islands, boat, airplane, Antarctica, even if only partial eclipse) please tell me URL and I'll add a link from above page.

From: Jean Marc Lariviere To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Re: Eclipse in 1973

Salut Olivier, I've had a good time following your "péripéties" in Thailand. Keep up the good work. As for the Paris exhibit Patrick refers to in a previous message allow me to repost the message I wrote in May:

> During my recent trip to Europe to do research for the documentary film project Shadow Chasers to be produced by the National Film Board of Canada (it's about eclipses and eclipse chasing as seen from the ethnographical, historical, mythological cultural and social perspectives), I was made aware of an upcoming exhibit planned by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, which might be of interest to members of this list.

> Entitled Figures du Ciel - de l'harmonie des sphères à la conquête spatiale (Representations of Heaven - From the Harmony of the Spheres to the Conquest of Space) this exhibit should feature amongst a great number of illustrations taken from manuscripts, prints, illuminations, maps, etc., images of eclipses from early mediaval times to today. The exhibit will run from October 18th to January 10th of next year, in Paris.

Amitiés, Jean Marc

From: [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Bibliotheque Nationale

I was fortunate to see the exhibit on the Bibliotheque Nationale about Celestial Atlases and other astronomical topics, and I have the beautiful book published as a result. I do not remember anything specifically about eclipses. But it is a beautiful exhibit, well worth seeing. Jay Pasachoff

From: [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list [email protected] Subject: eclipses at the Bibliotheque Nationale

I asked Mr. Wayne Hammond, Librarian of the Chapin Library, the Rare Book Library of Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, to look in the catalog of the Bibliotheque Nationale show, and here is what he reported:

"I can find only an illustration, on p. 16, of part of a manuscript by Tycho Brahe (Bibliotheque royale, Copenhagen), his notes on and five sketches of a total solar eclipse in 1595."

As I wrote earlier, the whole show is magnificent, but it doesn't deal with eclipses.

From: Jean Marc Lariviere [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list [email protected] Subject: Re: eclipses at the Bibliotheque Nationale

Much to my disappointment I can confirm Jay Pasachoff's assessment having just examined the catalogue myself, which begs the question: Does anyone have information about early representations of eclipses? How about the earliest representation? Jean Marc Lariviere

From: "Levy,Gerald D" [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list [email protected] Subject: RE: eclipses at the Bibliotheque Nationale

I believe the first record of an eclipse was in China in 1361 B.C. [source: The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin] Gerald Levy, MD, MBA Kaiser Bellflower 8-325-6575 (562-461) email: [email protected]

From: Olivier Staiger [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list [email protected] Subject: Re: eclipses at the Bibliotheque Nationale

> Does anyone have information about early representations of eclipses? How about the earliest representation?

Maybe the Bible begins at third contact of a total eclipse ?

"God said: let there be light. And there was light... "

Klipsi

From: [email protected] To: Multiple recipients of list [email protected] Subject: eclipses at the Bibliotheque Nationale

I have a book by Pflaum from 1478 which has images of eclipses from 1478 to 1551. Jay Pasachoff

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