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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2012, Article ID 263818, 6 pages
Research Article

Observations of Correlated Behavior of Two Light Torsion Balances and a Paraconical Pendulum in Separate Locations during the Solar Eclipse of January 26th, 2009

1Main Astronomical Observatory of National Academy of Sciences, 03680 Kiev, Ukraine
2Astronomical Observatory, University of Stefan cel Mare, 720229 Suceava, Romania

Received 8 September 2011; Revised 15 November 2011; Accepted 29 November 2011

Academic Editor: J. Javaraiah

Copyright © 2012 A. F. Pugach and D. Olenici. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


On January 26th, 2009, simultaneous observations of the reactions of two very light torsion balances (Kiev, Ukraine) and a paraconical pendulum (Suceava, Romania, 440 km away) were performed during a solar eclipse that was not visible at those locations but only in the Indian Ocean. Significant correlation between the behavior of the torsion balances and the pendulum was observed. The conclusion is that a solar eclipse influences the reactions of torsion balances and pendulums, even in areas of the Earth where it is not optically visible.