We can now see a solar eclipse from 1900، thanks to a magician as well as the experts who made excellent efforts to restore the rare footage. It is known to be the oldest surviving footage of a solar eclipse، as the Technical Times said.
Oldest Solar Eclipse Video In 1900، British magician Nevil Maskelyne went to North Carolina to film a solar eclipse. It was already Maskelyne’s second attempt to film a solar eclipse، as he had already successfully done so in India in 1898، but the film canister was stolen upon his return home to England. At the time، filming such a phenomenon was not easy، and he had to create a special adapter for his camera just for the event.
The footage of the 1900 solar eclipse is the only known film by Maskelyne to survive، and the British Film Institute and the Royal Astronomical Society are announcing its rediscovery. The film was a part of the astrophotography collection of the Royal Astronomical Society and was scanned and restored in 4K by the leading experts at BFI National Archive.