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Eclipses, Transits, and Comets of the Nineteenth Century: How America's Perception of the Skies Changed
Introduction.- Historical Overview- The United States and Astronomy Until the 1860S.- Scientific Overview.- Popular Astronomy and the Solar Eclipses of 1868, 1869 and 1878.- Popular Astronomy and theExpand
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Historical Overview: The United States and Astronomy Until the 1860s
Astronomy as an amateur recreation was entrenched in much of Western Europe by the eighteenth century, where there were the financial means, the knowledge base, the manufacture of tools and theExpand
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The Total Solar Eclipses of 7 August 1869 and 29 July 1878 and the Popularisation of Astronomy in the USA as Reflected in the New York Times
Solar eclipses have long fascinated the general public and served as a means of popularising astronomy. During the nineteenth century a number of different total eclipses were visible from the UnitedExpand
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Popular Astronomy and the Transits of Venus of 1874 and 1882
After the Civil War the United States enjoyed some decades of peace, industrial growth and relative prosperity. Though still primarily an agrarian nation, availability of jobs in the new industriesExpand
Popular Astronomy and the Solar Eclipses of 1868, 1869 and 1878
Though numerous solar eclipses had been studied and documented in previous centuries, it was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that the tools of photography and spectroscopy becameExpand
The 1874 Transit of Venus and the Popularisation of Astronomy in the USA as Reflected in the New York Times
Given uncertainty surrounding the true value of the astronomical unit following the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus the next transit, in 1874, offered hope for a substantial refinement in the valueExpand
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The popularization of astronomy in the United States of America subsequent to the transits of Venus of 1874 and 1882 and the total solar eclipses of 1868, 1869 and 1878
During its formative years of the early nineteenth century, the United States of America was struggling to define its system of government and establish an infrastructure that would assure economicExpand
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