Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Title

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Description

This observatory was established in March 1890 and was one of the first to practice astrophysics. It was housed in buildings in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building's grounds. Early research conducted on the site focused on solar radiation. In the 1950s, the Smithsonian Institution created a partnership with Harvard University and the Astrophysical Observatory headquarters moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.

Date

1899

Coverage

Physical Description

A series of buildings in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Castle, surrounded by a fence.

Description

This observatory was established in March 1890 and was one of the first to practice astrophysics. It was housed in buildings in the South Yard of the Smithsonian Institution Building's grounds. Early research conducted on the site focused on solar radiation. In the 1950s, the Smithsonian Institution created a partnership with Harvard University and the Astrophysical Observatory headquarters moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Date

1899

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.