On Account of Observations of the Total Eclipse of the Sun on 21st December 1843

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                                A curve drawn thro’ these 3 points, would cut the 
Peninsula of India about 60 miles south of Tanjore.
The position which I therefore determined to take up.
I left Sadras on the evening of the 
14th December, and making all the haste I could 
reached Poothocattah in the Tondimans Country 40 miles 
South of Tanjore by the Morning of the 19th,
On making enquiries here I found 
that the most favorable point for observation would be 
a place about 17 miles South of Poothocattah called 
Catabavah Pully Vasal, The Latde & Long. of which are 
Latitude 10[deg] 10’ 56” North 
Longitude 78. 43. 50. East 
To this place I proceeded on the 20th to be in readiness for 
the approaching Phenomenon.
At Day break on the 21st the sky was 
obscured on all sides by Clouds especially in the East 
the Northern quarter being much less dark than it.
The Eastern quarter became by degrees 
a little clearer, but at no time until after the middle of 
the Eclipse did the amount of Light, exceed that which 
is usually visible half an hour before sun rise on a clear day.
(From 7 until 8 the amount of light 
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J.O.E. Ludlow
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On Account of Observations of the Total Eclipse of the Sun on 21st December 1843, 1844. From The Royal Society, AP/27/6



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