The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse …

The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse …

The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse occured exactly 67 years ago yesterday. This was the first time that a television-viewing audience saw a solar eclipse. The event was broadcast on March 7, 1951. Oddly enough, the significance of the broadcast by CBS News failed to move some experts at the time. Robert Coles, then the curator of the Hayden Planetarium, was quoted telling the New York Times: “Please, I ask you, don’t get people too excited about it. You see, if we get people expecting a big show they’ll be disappointed. Then they won’t pay attention when we have a genuine celestial wonder to call to their attention. Please keep this quiet.”

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/1951-march-7

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7 responses to “The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse …

  1. I love that understated sense of anti-sensationalism, I really do. We could do with a few more media-types like that at the moment. People really do need to be told to calm down and not get too excited. Let’s all have a nice cup of tea and a cake. Maybe lots of cakes.

  2. I’m surprised that they didn’t see the importance

  3. Thank God, people have paid attention!!

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