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Secretary Charles G. Abbot with Bolometric Apparatus

May 28, 1900

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory staff, including Secretary Samuel P. Langley, and Observatory acting director, Charles Greeley Abbot, travel to Wadesboro, North Carolina, to observe an eclipse of the sun.More

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