Observations on an Aurora Borealis

ID: SIA2010-0731

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Document

Date: August 1872

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 60, Box 7, Folder: Aurora

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Observations taken from 9 p.m. August 3th to 2 a.m. August 9, 1872 in Holt County, Missouri, of an aurora. Detailed, timed observations on a single sized document in purple ink.


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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After he was appointed Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry's first major project was to create the Smithsonian Meteorological Project by using a countrywide network of voluntary observers to record climate information and send it to the Smithsonian via the growing telegraph network. The Smithsonian Meteorological Project existed from 1846-1870 and led to the founding of the National Weather Service.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 60, Box 7, Folder: Aurora

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August 1872

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