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Title: Solar physics at the Kodaikanal observatory: a historical perspective
Authors: Hasan, S. S
Mallik, D. C. V
Bagare, S. P
Rajaguru, S. P
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Hasan, S. S and Rutten, R. T., eds., Magnetic coupling between the interior and atmosphere of the Sun, Proceedings of the conference "Centenary commemoration of the discovery of the Evershed effect" Dec, 2 - 5, 2008, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India, pp. 12 – 36
Series/Report no.: Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings;
Abstract: The Kodaikanal Observatory traces its origins to the East India Company, which started an observatory in Madras “for promoting the knowledge of astronomy, geography, and navigation in India.” Observations began in 1787 at the initiative of William Petrie, an officer of the Company, with the use of two 3-in achromatic telescopes, two astronomical clocks with compound pendulums, and a transit instrument. By the early nineteenth century, the Madras Observatory had already established a reputation as a leading astronomical center devoted to work on the fundamental positions of stars, and a principal source of stellar positions for most of the southern hemisphere stars. John Goldingham (1796–1805, 1812–1830), T.G. Taylor (1830–1848),W.S. Jacob (1849–1858), and Norman R. Pogson (1861–1891) were successive Government Astronomers who led the activities in Madras. Scientific highlights of the work included a catalogue of 11,000 southern stars produced by theMadras Observatory in 1844 under Taylor’s direction using the new 5-ft transit instrument.
Description: Open Access
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2248/5115
ISSN: 978-3-642-02858-8
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02859-5_3
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