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AHMC of the Month: Amateur Astronomer James H. Gardiner
April 13, 2016

This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone. The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains a wealth of manuscript materials by Americans both famous and obscure. For April’s “AHMC of the Month,” we turn to someone from the latter category: amateur astronomer James H. Gardiner (approximately 1845-1889) of Newburgh, N.Y. In a letter to James Wells from March…

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Transits of Venus from Times Past
June 4, 2012

On June 5th a rare transit of Venus will occur that can be seen from most of North America.  During the transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black dot moving across the sun.  A transit, in which Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, is exceptional in that it occurs…

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