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    Re: Position from solar eclipse photo
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2013 Nov 21, 18:54 -0800

    Don, you wrote:
    "Ironically, this last method would have increased the error to about a mile.
    The photographer thought that he had taken the photo from a hill in Kearney, NJ, one town over, according to the caption on several websites that posted the photo."

    Ha. Good point. The slightly erroneous location appears to have originated in a caption of this image posted on the National Geographic web site:

    No doubt numerous blogs and lesser news web sites simply copied the info from there. I left a comment on the Nat. Geo. site, for what it's worth. :)

    And I did actually contact the photographer, Chris Cook (sans barometric offering), who described the location as "dead on". It's quite possible that he mentioned Kearny to the NG blogger. He may simply not have realized that he crossed the border into North Arlington when he was setting up for the photo. But I am quite sure that the photo was well-planned. He's a professional photographer from Massachusetts who drove down there just to get this shot and the publicity that would follow. I hope it worked out for him. The caption to the photo at the Nat. Geo. site includes a link to Cook's site as well.


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