Solar Spectrum

Solar Spectrum

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Description
Henry Draper (1837-1882) was a New York physician who did pioneering work with astronomical photography and spectroscopy. He was particularly proud of having seen bright lines, which saw as evidence of oxygen, in the solar spectrum. This image is marked “DISCOVERY OF OXYGEN IN THE SUN BY PHOTOGRAPHY, BY PROFESSOR HENRY DRAPER, M.D. 1876.”
Ref: Henry Draper, “Discovery of Oxygen in the Sun by Photography, and a new Theory of the Solar Spectrum,” American Journal of Science 14 (1877): 89-96.
George F. Barker, “Memoir of Henry Draper,” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences 3 (1895), pp. 81-139.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph, spectrum
photograph
date made
1876
maker
Draper, Henry
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in x 28 in x 1/4 in; 35.56 cm x 71.12 cm x.635 cm
overall: 71 cm x 14 cm x.8 cm; 27 15/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 5/16 in
ID Number
PH.333976
accession number
304826
catalog number
333976
Credit Line
John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
subject
Science
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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