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Eclipse Corrections

May 12, 1991

I wish to clarify a number of inaccuracies that appeared in an article authored by John McDermott ("World Looks to Hawaii for Best View of Eclipse," April 21).

McDermott states that not since 1973 has there been a total solar eclipse lasting 4 minutes and 13 seconds. This is not correct. On June 11, 1983, a total solar eclipse in Indonesia and the Philippines lasted 5 minutes and 10 seconds.

McDermott further states that the Kohala/Kona Coast is the "focus of action," as it is there that the eclipse lasts the longest. The eclipse is longest on the Hilo side of the Big Island near Honomu, and not on the Kona side. And the eclipse is longest overall not in Hawaii, but when it makes landfall in southern Baja, Mexico, and on the west coast of mainland Mexico, where totality lasts 6 minutes and 53 seconds.

The space artist/illustrator that McDermott mentions will have an exhibition in the lobby of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is my former colleague Jon Lomberg, not "Lomber."

JOEL K. HARRIS

Burbank

Editor's note: The Lomberg spelling was an editing error.

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