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Science Reference Guides: Solar Eclipses

Photo: Wm. J. Bryan viewing eclipse of sun, 1/24/25. From the Library of Congress

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Thomas Jefferson and the 1811 Constitution Day Eclipse/ Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog

In 1811, Thomas Jefferson viewed a solar eclipse in central Virginia and recorded his observations in a weather journal. He subsequently wrote to friends of the event. Jefferson’s journal and letters are a part of the manuscript collections of the Library and online at

Total Eclipse in the Music Division!/ In the Muse Performing Arts Blog

The music division has materials inspired by eclipses as well. Cait Miller highlighted several in this post just prior to the 2017 eclipse.

The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017/ Webcast

In June 2017, Dr. C. Alex Young, the associate director for science at the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, gave a talk, as part of the Library’s NASA Speaker Series, on solar eclipses and the upcoming August 2017 eclipse. Dr. Young explained the mechanics of the eclipse and the opportunities it would present to NASA. The webcast is freely available both on the Library website and on Youtube.

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Image (left): Wm. J. Bryan viewing eclipse of sun, 1/24/25.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection.

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