The first record of a solar Eclipse in 1900, became available in 4K

We live in a time when, in order to see the space in real time, enough to get out his smartphone and start YouTube. This opportunity arose thanks to the century-old writings of scholars, but in 1900-ies the video of a solar Eclipse seemed to be something impossible and fantastic. Not surprisingly, the first such material was removed as a magician Engaged in Maskelyne, who besides his main job, he was also interested in astronomy and radio.

Neville Maskelyn born in the UK in 1863, he was the son of an even more famous magician and inventor John Maskelyne (it is believed that he invented pay toilets). Following in the footsteps of his father, for his life Neville has published the book “Our magic: the art, theory and practice” the techniques of illusionists and had the reputation as the first ever hacker.

The first in the history of hacking

Their “hacking” skills Maskelyn demonstrated in 1903, during the presentation of the protected wireless communication, developed by physicist Guglielmo Marconi. The technology was fairly simple transmitter and receiver worked strictly at a certain frequency, and the inventor was confident that no one will be able to configure their equipment in the same way.

It was then revealed that a hack such “protection” can easily right before the demonstration, instrument Marconi began to send messages through Morse code. The message was encrypted unpleasant for physics words and their author was Nevil Maskelyn — the name of the hacker was discovered only 4 days later in the Times.


It turned out that the illusionist was well versed in radio engineering, and use their knowledge while performing their stunts. Have held Masculina hacking was the reason the Telegraph company promised him a reward for the failure of the presentation, because the wireless Marconi jeopardize their whole business.

The first video of a solar Eclipse

The first person who successfully photographed a solar Eclipse without damaging their equipment, and also became Neville Maskelyn. The shoot took place in 1900, during the expedition of the British astronomical Association in North Carolina. Along with astronomer John bacon, a conjurer did a special adapter telescopic camera, protecting sensitive layer of photographic film from light.

It is believed that this was the second attempt Maskelyne to photograph a solar Eclipse. The first one was taken in India in 1898 and may have even been successful. However, the tape was lost — most likely, it was stolen during a return trip from India to the UK.

Tape a length of one minute of it was kept in the archives of the Royal astronomical society, and was only recently digitized and restored to 4K resolution. Now historical video can be viewed as easily as live broadcasts from the International space station — enough to include YouTube.