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Friday the 13th partial solar eclipse

Friday the 13th partial solar eclipse

Dec. 13, 1974: View through fog of partial solar eclipse at 7 a.m. In the foreground is St. Vibiana’s Cathedral at Main and 2nd streets in downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times’ weather story the next morning included the following eclipse report:

When the sun got up Friday the 13th, a piece was missing from the bright disc shining through the fog.

The partial eclipse, caused when the moon moved between the sun and the earth, was visible at 6:54 a.m. and at its maximum point blocked out 18.5% of the sun. By 7:37 a.m. it was over.

Fog, heavy in some areas, obscured the sight for many but not for hundreds of thousands of others living farther inland. …

This photo by staff photographer Bruce Cox was published on Page One of the Dec. 14, 1974, Los Angeles Times.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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