Many were waiting with bated breath for today’s total solar eclipse, when the moon passed between the sun and Earth. For those of us in the United States, it’s been quite a while since this rare sight stretched across the country in 1918. However, solar eclipses happen once every year or two somewhere in the world and National Geographic Explorers and journalists have often been there to capture these momentous events.
In 1947, National Geographic Society hunted the P94 solar eclipse in Brazil alongside scientists and officers and noncommissioned officers of the Army Air and Ground Forces as they embarked on the first large eclipse expedition ever to be completely airborne. National Geographic Magazine contributor, F. Barrows Colton, said that the scientist’s compilations of photographs and observations gained, “information obtainable in no other way concerning that all-important giver of life, the sun.”