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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.”


No mere coincidence …

The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5th 2012. Something seems to have captured their attention as they all gaze skywards.
What could it be ?

Well they are obviously all observing the transit of Venus across the Sun … apart from Harry who seems to have his eyes fixed on another heavenly body.

Oh … and while we’re about it here is a very nice  You Tube clip  of the transit taken in Texas.
And the event as recorded by NASA here.

This event will not be repeated until the year 2117
Fortunately … there are a few connections between Venus and 1951.

This is a picture of the front cover of a science-fiction comic published in 1951  called Earthman on Venus.

And here is the front cover of a Marvel Comic called VENUS published in February 1951.

VENUS … Volume 1 # 12 published February 1951.