Sir Arthur Havelock and spectators awaiting the eclipse, Jeur, India, 1898.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photographic plate by Stewart taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. Solar eclipses have always inspired fascination, awe, and indeed terror in ancient times. In the 19th century, expeditions were dispatched around the world to make scientific observations of eclipses, and today a dedicated band of 'eclipse tourists' is prepared to travel to almost any location where the phenomena can be experienced. This group of mainly British observers, including Sir Arthur Havelock, governor of Madras, are grouped around a portable telescope.