Taking occultations

June 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


The physicist Reginald James (1891-1964) and Captain Frank Worsley (1872-1943) took advantage of the clarity of the Antarctic darkness to ’take occultations’ during the winter months. This included observing the local time at which the moon obscured certain stars, and comparing their results with the recorded times in the Astronomical Almanac.

Silver bromide print

20.3 x 15.2 cm

RCIN 2580071