Vienna in Innenstadt, Wien, Austria
Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse
am 8. Juli 1842
die einzige im Wien der Neuzeit
Errichtet 1994 auf Initiative des Jugendclubs
mit Förderung durch die MA7
On July 8, 1842, Adalbert Stifter observed the only total solar eclipse seen in Vienna in modern times from here.
Installed in 1994 on the initiative of the Dingi-Vindiemiatrix youth group, with the support of the MA7.
Erected 1994 by Dingi-Vindemiatrix.
Location. 48° 12.706′ N, 16° 22.45′ E. Marker is in Vienna, Wien, in Innenstadt. Marker is at the intersection of Seitenstettengasse and Judengasse, on the right when traveling east on Seitenstettengasse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Seitenstettengasse 2, Vienna, Wien 1010, Austria.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belvedere Film Productions (within shouting distance of this marker); Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Moritz von Schwind Mozart Lived Here (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Mahnmal für die österreichischen jüdischen Opfer der Schoah / Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Charles de L'Ecluse (Clusius) (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Leo Janáček (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); O5 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
Regarding Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse. Without more context, the marker can be a bit puzzling. Obviously, he was not the only person in Vienna at the time to have observed the eclipse. What is missing is that he was a noted author and wrote a long personal essay about the experience of watching the eclipse, and the essay is well-regarded. Hence the marker. Although the essay might seem a bit overwrought in this day and age, it must be remembered his observation was pre-internet, pre-mass media, and (essentialy) pre-photograph - describing the experience solely in written terms was the only means of doing so.
Also see . . .
1. Adalbert Stifter (Wikipedia). (Submitted on August 18, 2017.)
2. The Solar Eclipse on July 8th, 1842 (Project Muse, Adalbert Stifter, trans. Joyce Holland). An English-language excerpt of Stifter's essay. (Submitted on August 18, 2017.)
Additional keywords. Astronomy
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 3. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.