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Photometer

Photometer

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Description
Mary W. Whitney studied with Maria Mitchell at Vassar and, in 1887, succeeded her as professor of astronomy. Her major research project involved tracing the light curves of variable stars. Some of this work was done with this unmarked wedge photometer acquired in 1903.
Ref: Mary W. Whitney and Carline E. Furness, “Observations of Variable Stars Made During the Years 1901-12,” Publications of the Vassar College Observatory 3 (1913).
Caroline E. Furness, An Introduction to the Study of Variable Stars (Boston, 1915), pp. 127-128.
“Reports of Observatories,” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 16 (1904): 104-116, on 116.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Photometer
Measurements
overall: 1 7/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 7 7/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 13.6525 cm x 20.0025 cm
overall: 1 11/16 in x 5 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 4.28625 cm x 13.6525 cm x 19.3675 cm
ID Number
1980.0318.10
catalog number
1980.0318.10
accession number
1980.0318
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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