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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, South Yard

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View of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the South Yard with the Smithsonian Institution Building in the background.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Table Mountain, CA

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Solar observation Instruments outside the entrance to the instrument tunnel at the solar observing station of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Table Mountain, California.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Testing at Camp Lee, Virginia

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory conducted tests on the effects of the sun on fabrics during World War II at Camp Lee, Virginia.

Camera Used by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

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Location of the photograph is unknown, but it is possibly taken in Pasadena, California.

A Baker-Nunn Schmidt camera used by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to observe and photograph stars and satellites. A man, likely Karl Henize, stands beside the camera gazing skyward and another man stands to the right at an instrument panel.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Employees

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Group photograph of Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory employees, including Florence Meier Chase, fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1928-1944) Charles Greeley Abbot (second from the left), M. Agnes Neill, Earl S. Johnston, Robert Weintraub, Anne Lucka, William Hoover, Edward D. McAlister, and unidentified others. While these individuals are named, it is not clear as to where they are standing in the photograph.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the South Yard

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Buildings in the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Institution Building, include a building located on the southeast section built for use by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, established on March 1, 1890. The United States Department of Agriculture Building is in the background.

Flag Designed for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithson Bicentennial

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The first Smithsonian flag was designed in 1955.

Bureau flags were designed for all the Smithsonian bureaus for the celebration of the bicentennial of James Smithson's birth. The thirteen individual banners were all similar except for the design of the canton in the upper left corner. All have a blue field with gold fringe on the upper, lower, and right sides. In the center is a gold sun burst with sixteen alternating straight and wavy rays representing the "increase and diffusion of knowledge." The canton for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory flag is black with a a dark blue circle featuring three stars and a comet.

Plan of the Astrophysical Observatory

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Cross-section plan entitled "Longitudinal-Section Plan of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory."

Andrew Kramer at Work at Astrophysical Observatory

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An older Andrew Kramer, who was the instrument maker at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory from 1892 to 1953, busy at work in his workshop.

Astrophysical Observatory in South Yard

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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory located in the South Yard behind the south facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The Astrophysical Observatory is enclosed by a wooden fence. The Annex, also called the South Shed, is behind the Observatory. The Laboratory of Natural History, the old Agriculture Building, and the Washington Monument are visible in the background.

Whipple Observatory Volunteers

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Featured in Torch, January 1990 Supplement

In Arizona, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory volunteers pose with symbols of their expertise. From left to right, John Kuntz grips a sledge hammer, Bob McDaniel steadies a vernier height gauge, and Shirley Spanner holds a rescued rainbow cactus. John Kuntz, a tour guide for the Observatory, has added the task of road-marker to his repertoire. Kuntz marked a 10-mile stretch of the road from the new Base Camp to the top of the mountain at 100 foot intervals for future road contractors. Bob McDaniel, a former machinist, has fashioned arcane bits and pieces of hardware for Whipple telescopes. Shirley Spanner, at the site of the Observatory's new Base Camp in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, rescued a number of uncommon cactuses from the bulldozer's blade.

Observatory at Mt. Montezuma, Chile

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For more photos of Mt. Montezuma, Chile, see 7005/187/5

Observer's quarters, foreground, and observatory at top of peak at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Solar Observing Station, Mt. Montezuma, Chile.

NASA funds Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory instrument to track North American air pollution

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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has been awarded a NASA project to build the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument. TEMPO will measure North American air pollution, from Mexico City to the Canadian tar/oil sands, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, hourly and at high spatial resolution.

The post NASA funds Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory instrument to track North American air pollution appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.

Oakridge Observatory

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A new 25 inch diameter telescope was introduced and demonstrated at a Center for Astrophysics Friends and Family Day at the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Oakridge Observatory at Harvard, Massachusetts. The Observatory is about 60 miles northwest of Boston.

SAO Buildings at Mt. Montezuma, Chile

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For more photos of Mt. Montezuma Chile, see 7005/187/9. Also # 3766-B. This picture featured in the ANNUALS, vol. 7

Garage and shop are located in the foreground with seismograph and computing room on the right at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) station at Mount Montezuma, Chile.

Observatory at Mt. Montezuma, Chile

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Solar observation instruments outside the entrance to the instrument tunnel at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory solar station. The solar station operated from 1920 to 1955 at Mt. Montezuma, Chile. A man stands in the entrance holding a cord while another man works on the instruments.

Observatory on Mount St. Katherine, Egypt

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There are similar pictures in Record Unit 7005, Box168, Folder 5. #31226-N is crisper. Also try 31226-B.

A solar observing station of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory located at Mount St. Katherine, Egypt, from 1933 to 1937. This view shows the observatory (top) and living quarters (below) at the site. A trail can be seen on the left leading to the observatory.

Narrow Dirt Road to Whipple Observatory

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Featured in TORCH, January 1985

A winding, single-lane, dirt road 18 miles long connects the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Whipple Observatory atop Mount Hopkins in Arizona with the outside world. In 1984, a 1.5-mile section of the road at the very top, between the 8,550-foot summit and the 7,600-foot ridge was paved.

Corbitt, Whipple & Udall at Mt. Hopkins Observatory

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Of a series featured in TORCH, May 1974 (in TORCH May 1974 folder, but not the newspaper). See also TORCH, August, 1968. For an amusing story about the gamma-ray collector, see TORCH, May 1974

(Left to right) Tucson mayor James Corbitt, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Director Dr. Fred Whipple (1955-1973) and Rep. Morris K. Udall (D-AZ) stand in front of a 34-foot gamma-ray collector at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, October 23, 1968. The large surface light collector, really a mosaic of 252 polished glass mirrors, searches for sources of gamma-ray radiation in the heavens, a feat never attempted before from a ground-based observatory.

Telescope at Mt. Wilson Observatory

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There are several other shots of Mt. Wilson in Record Unit 7005, Box 187, Folder 2.

This photo is featured in the Smithsonian Annual Report for 1932, opposite page 141.

The Great Hooker 100-inch telescope used at the Mt. Wilson, California Observatory, which served as a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory station from 1905 to the mid 1930's.

Astrophysical Observatory and Smithsonian Institution Building

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Also known as SIA2012-6493, SIA2012-6502, and 78-6578.

Featured in the "Torch," August 1975.

See also Record Unit 7005, Box 189, Folder 10; Record Unit 95, Box 71; Record Unit 95, Box 30A, Folder 20; SIA Acc. 12-492, Box 03.

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory located in the South Yard behind the south facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle. The Astrophysical Observatory is enclosed by a wooden fence. The Annex, also called the South Shed, is behind the Observatory. The Laboratory of Natural History, the old Agriculture Building, and the Washington Monument are visible in the background.

Jai Singh's Observatory, Jaipur, India

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There are many photos of this area taken by Abbot in SIA RU7005 B187 F8.

Photograph of Jai Singh's Observatory in Jaipur, India. One of a set of photos taken by Astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot (Fifth Smithsonian Secretary, 1928-1944) titled "Hunting an Observatory."
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