'Great Eclipse of 1836', 1836
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Print showing the partly obscured Sun during the annular solar eclipse of 1836. The lithograph titled 'Great Eclipse of 1836' was published in London by T McLean. The eclipse was not total, but rather annular so that a thin ring of the Sun's disc was seen at mid eclipse. Visible from central Scotland and Northern England the eclipse was viewed by Mr Francis Bailey who saw beads of light appear just before and after the maximum stage of the eclipse. Known today as 'Bailey's Beads' they are caused by sunlight shining through lunar valleys. Artistic licence has been used in this sketch as faces have been drawn on both the disc of the Sun and Moon.