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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

The 1932 Solar Eclipse on the Cape

The U.S. is in the throes of eclipse-mania because a total solar eclipse will be visible to millions of American eyeballs on Monday, Aug. 21.

Here on the Cape we’ll see only a partial eclipse this time, but back in 1932 a solar marvel stretched over Provincetown for a couple of hours on the afternoon of Aug. 31, 1932.

“The moon’s shadow completely covered the sun,” reported The Provincetown Advocate the following day. “The splendid crown of the Corona was seen as it calmed about the edge of the moon’s shadow. The eastern sky was terrifyingly darkened, the water of the harbor was dimmed and shadowed.

“Cries of amazement and appreciation burst from every lip.”

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