Solar Eclipse Observed

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The Astrophysical Observatory sets up a camp at Wadesboro, North Carolina, to observe the solar eclipse. The chief aim of the obervations was to investigate the corona, especially the inner portions. The investigation was three fold, photographic, bolometric, and visual. The United States Congress makes an appropriation of $4,000 for the project. Thomas W. Smillie's photographs of the camp and the actual event are contained in the Annual Report.


  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1900. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 101-102.

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May 28, 1900


  • Solar eclipses
  • Photography
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy

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