Shannon Anne Murphy

Sunspot Observations from 1895 by C.S. Woodard observed from Detroit Observatory

This post is by KyungJun Kim Location of the Original: Collection Name: Observatory University of Michigan records 1855 – 1985 Call Number: 87299 Blmu Bimu C455 2 Box Number: Box 4 Folder Title: Detroit Observatory, later U-M Observatory, Ann Arbor, Mich. Sunspot Observations, 1892-1895, C.S. Woodard Date created: 1895 February: On the sunspot graphs, there is writing …

Sunspot Observations from 1895 by C.S. Woodard observed from Detroit Observatory Read More »

James Craig Watson’s Logbook from:1863-1864

This post is by Zachary Jahn Location of the Original: The item was found at The Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To find this item one must: Request Box under collection of Michigan Historical Collections-Observatory The specific box is labeled: “Bimu Michigan, University. Observatory C455 Papers 1855-1976” To find the specific book inside the box, …

James Craig Watson’s Logbook from:1863-1864 Read More »

Article/Lecture materials regarding William Hussey’s discovery of 500 double stars

This post is by Aleksi Kershaw   Location of the Original:  Bentley Historical Library, in the “Hussey Family papers 1876-1926” collection, box 2, folder titled “Lecture? Article? ‘Discovery of 500 New Double Stars’” Call no. 851534 Aa 2 Date of creation: December 19, 1901 as stated at end of article William Hussey an astronomer who attended the University of …

Article/Lecture materials regarding William Hussey’s discovery of 500 double stars Read More »

Snyder – History of Portage Lake (at Peach Mountain)

The text below was written by Dave Snyder and appeared on the University Lowbrow Astronomers’ website. Many of the links will take you to their site. The Detroit Observatory became an unsuitable location due to the lights of the growing city of Ann Arbor, its proximity to a dormitory for nurses, a hospital, a power …

Snyder – History of Portage Lake (at Peach Mountain) Read More »

Response to Dublin Observatory (Letter)

This post is by Gwen Hubbard August 17, 1866 This letter discusses a trip made to the Dublin Observatory sometimes between the beginning of July and the middle of August 1866. The first president of the University of Michigan, Henry Philip Tappan visited the Astronomy Observatory belonging to Dublin University. Throughout the letter, Tappan makes several …

Response to Dublin Observatory (Letter) Read More »

James Watson’s Notes to the Michigan Scientific Association on the Orbital Paths of Planets and Comets

This was by Connor Hickey Date: June 23, 1863 (As noted on the cover page of the article) Identification: This article was written and presented by James Craig Watson to the Michigan Scientific Association in 1863. James Watson (1838-1880) was a very famous Canadian American astronomer who not only attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, …

James Watson’s Notes to the Michigan Scientific Association on the Orbital Paths of Planets and Comets Read More »

Detroit Observatory Notebook for New Telescope Testing

This post is by Brian Chu Location of the Original: Bentley Historical Library; Collection: Observatory university of Michigan records 1855-1985; Call Number: 87299 BImu Bimu C455 2; Box 4; Folder: Detroit Observatory, later U-M Observatory, Ann Arbor, Mich. Notes on testing of New Telescope, 1907, R.H. Curtiss Date of creation: 1907, stated in the notebook. This notebook that was used …

Detroit Observatory Notebook for New Telescope Testing Read More »

JAMES C. WATSON

DIRECTOR 1863-79 James Craig Watson was born in Canada on January 28, 1838. His family moved to the Ann Arbor area in 1850 to pursue a better education for Watson and his siblings. After three years of private instruction, he entered the University of Michigan at age fifteen. Watson graduated in 1857, and then received …

JAMES C. WATSON Read More »