The View From the Castle: Smithsonian solar research promises new insights into how the sun affects both our health and the weather here on Earth

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley looks back on solar experiments done in the early days of the Smithsonian Institution. He gives three reasons why the study of the sun is important today, namely environmental awareness, understanding of how plasmas and magnetic fields interact, and a basic understanding of the universe.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 5, no. 5 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 1974


  • Astrophysics
  • Secretaries
  • Castle View
  • Solar energy
  • Ecology
  • Environmental monitoring

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