Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers

The Lick Observatory: Eclipse Expeditions

Between 1889 and 1932 the Lick Observatory astronomers conducted 17 expeditions across 6 continents to observe and photograph eclipses. These expeditions strove to answer the following questions:During this time, the Directors of the Lick saw the documentation and analysis of eclipses as a core contribution of the Lick to the field of astronomy, both in attempting to answer the questions posed above, but also simply to record the eclipses for posterity.

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