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

Map of Eclipse Expedition Sites

For each eclipse between 1889 and 1932, the Lick Observatory, sent one or more astronomers to observe it along the path of totality (places where the moon's shadow will entirely eclipse the sun). Some passed close to home in California, and others required journeying much further afield.

These expeditions were often privately funded, allowing the Lick astronomers to choose locations that required time and expense to reach.

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