AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 35 HAD II: Observatories, Toys and Genesis
Oral, Monday, January 10, 2005, 10:00-11:30am, Pacific Salon 1

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[35.03] Mt. Wilson in 1910: The Year of The Great Solar Convention.

B. L. Welther (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

In 1910 the meetings of the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America (= AAS) and of the International Union for the Co-ordination of Solar Research (= ISU) were arranged so that astronomers from many countries first met in Cambridge, MA for the AAS from August 17-19, then spent eleven days sight-seeing as they traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast, and finally met again in Pasadena, CA for the ISU from August 31-September 6.

Formal notes for these meetings were published widely in such journals as Nature, The Observatory, Popular Astronomy, Science, and The Transactions of the ISU. In addition to those records for the three-week span, newspaper reporters published numerous articles, astronomers kept personal diaries, and amateur photographers took many candid photographs of their peers enjoying informal moments. Fortunately, some of the newspaper clippings, notebooks and picture albums ended up in observatory archives.

This paper will present some of the highlights of the meetings and travels as recorded both formally and informally by H. D. Babcock, J. S. Plaskett, E. C. Pickering, F. Schlesinger, H. H. Turner and others.

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