Observation of Total Solar Eclipse in Peru

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The Smithsonian arranges free transportation for and cooperates in furnishing meteorological instruments to Lieutenant James M. Gilliss, U.S.N., so that he may observe the total solar eclipse from Peru.


  • Gilliss, J. M (James Melville) 1811-1865
  • United States Dept. of the Navy


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1858, p. 22-23

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September 7, 1858


  • Cooperation
  • Field Work
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology



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