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Discusses the role of the Smithsonian in fostering and conducting astronomical research and publications, and in distributing works on astronomy. Covers research on solar eclipses, solar corona, lunar photography, orbits of Neptune and Uranus, orbital variations of eight planets, comets, meteorites, star maps, expeditions to the American West, Arctic and Chile, recording of occultations to establish precise longitudes, translation of Gauss' THEORIS MOTUS, astronomical telegraphs, and telescope construction. Includes a bibliography.


  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Gauss (Ship)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Astrophysics
  • Planets
  • Solar energy
  • SI, Early History
  • Telescopes
  • Exploration
  • Lunar Research
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Bibliography
  • Planets--Exploration
  • Solar energy--Research


  • Uranus (Planet)
  • Neptune (Planet)
  • West (U.S.)
  • Chile
  • Arctic regions

Physical description

pp. 571-610

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