The Lick Observatory solar eclipse expedition to Jeur (India) in 1898

Orchiston, Wayne, and Pearson, John (2011) The Lick Observatory solar eclipse expedition to Jeur (India) in 1898. In: Mapping the Oriental Sky: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Oriental Astronomy. pp. 197-206. From: ICOA-7 Mapping the Oriental Sky: Seventh International Conference on Oriental Astronomy, 6 - 10 September 2010, Tokyo, Japan.

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Between 1889 and 1932 the Lick Observatory maintained a vibrant solar research program and sent a succession of expeditions to the far corners of the glove in order to observe solar eclipses and add to our knowledge of the solar corona and the chromosphere. These expeditions were major logistical exercises that relied mainly on visual, photographic and spectroscopic observations during the brief moments of totality.

In this paper we focus on the Lick Observatory’s expedition to Jeur, India, arranged to observe the 22 January 1898 total solar eclipse, and discuss the personnel, their equipment and their observations. We then briefly view this very successful expedition in the context of the overall development of solar astronomy in India, which culminated in the founding of the Kodaikanal Observatory.

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