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Francis Baily, astronomer, early 19th century.

Lupton, Thomas Goff

Francis Baily, astronomer, early 19th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Mezzotint made by Thomas Lupton after an earlier original painting by Thomas Phillips. During an eclipse of the Sun in 1836, Baily (1744-1844) noticed a phenomenon whereby the Moon appears to break up into a series of bright points. This is caused by sunlight shining through lunar valleys. The phenomenon became known as Baily's beads.

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