Joseph Henry Distributes Instructions for Observing Aurora

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Summary

Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry issues instructions for observations of the Aurora Borealis, accompanied by a map of the stars near the North Pole, to the Smithsonian's network of meteorological observers. The instructions are adopted from those used by the Toronto Observatory in Canada. The instructions are also included in the Annual Report for 1855.

Subject

Henry, Joseph 1797-1878

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Henry's "Instructions for Observations of the Aurora" can be found at http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/8906651.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, Box 1, p. 10, 11.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1855. Washington, D.C.: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1856, p. 247-250.

Contact information

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

Date

March 1, 1849

Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Astronomy
  • Memorandums
  • Meteorology

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