Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris PapersMain MenuIntroduction to the Lick Observatory ArchivesThe Lick Observatory: Imaging the CosmosThe Lick Observatory: Eclipse ExpeditionsEclipse Intro page (first in a path)Introduction to Kenneth S. Norris PapersKenneth S. Norris Papers: Natural History in PracticeKenneth S. Norris Papers: Pedagogy and ConservationConnections: In Relation to NatureThese images demonstrate the different constructions of nature in the two archivesConnections: Materials of ObservationVisualization of the ConnectionsVisualizes the connections between all the contentReading Nature, Observing ScienceCaptions and information for the cases of objects on display at UCSC Special CollectionsAlex Moore6cd84a9f7efd71803c15562e48a509db9e0bb5a6Christine Turkb279a3dcf419860f915007f04f08e6fc0f8662ceDanielle Crawford22ce6a14f83c9ff73c3545a665951a092258f08e
Note about the term "nebula"
12016-06-03T16:52:52-07:00Christine Turkb279a3dcf419860f915007f04f08e6fc0f8662ce91841plain2016-06-03T16:52:52-07:00Christine Turkb279a3dcf419860f915007f04f08e6fc0f8662ceAstronomers did not yet understand the size of the universe--they thought the Milky way comprised most of the universe; accordingly, they could not differentiate between nebulae and galaxies. In other words, most astronomers believed that structures like the Andromeda Galaxy or Whirlpool Galaxy were part of the Milky Way, and of the same nature as structures like the Orion nebula or Horsehead nebula. In the early years of the 20th century, some astronomers began to argue that some of these objects were "island universes" outside of the Milky Way; this was known as the "Great Debate." As the Lick Observatory astronomers continued to take measurements and photographs of these objects, they eventually helped to confirm that these "island universes" are in fact galaxies in themselves.