Corona of the Sun during a Solar Eclipse

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Summary

In 1900 the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, then based in Washington, D.C., loaded several railroad cars with scientific equipment and headed to Wadesboro, North Carolina. Scientists had determined that this small town would be the best location in North America for viewing an expected total solar eclipse, and the Smithsonian Solar Eclipse Expedition hoped to capture photographic proof of the solar corona during the event for further study. The team included Smithsonian photographer Thomas Smillie, who headed up the mission's photographic component. Smillie rigged cameras to seven telescopes and successfully made eight glass-plate negatives, ranging in size from eleven by fourteen inches to thirty by thirty inches. At the time, Smillie's work was considered an amazing photographic and scientific achievement.

Creator

Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917

Subject

  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Solar Eclipse Expedition

Notes

  • See also number RU 7005 Box 186 Folder 1 [SPI_438]
  • A high resolution digital copy of this image is not yet available. Please contact photos@si.edu for further information.
  • Public Domain

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7005, Box 186, Folder 1, SIA_007005_B186_F01_SPI_438

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

1900

Topic

Solar eclipses

Place

Wadesboro (N.C.)

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU007005 [SIA_007005_B186_F01_SPI_438]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints;