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Kew Observatory sunspot observations, 1858 - 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 57

Scope and Contents

RGO 57 contains drawings of sunspots showing their development, size and grouping, with tables recording the number of sunspots for each year.


  • Creation: 1858 - 1897


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

For an administrative history of Kew Observatory see RGO 66.


14 volume(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volumes were transferred to the RGO Archives by the Meteorological Office at Bracknell circa 1985.

Related Materials

Further Kew Observatory material is to be found at classmark RGO 66, Kew Observatory papers; and RGO 67, Kew Observatory solar photographs. Further records of solar observations can be found in RGO 50, RO and RGO Solar Plates; RGO 51, RO and RGO Solar Plates Contact Prints; RGO 58, Heinrich Samuel Schwabe: sunspot drawings; RGO 64, RGO Solar Department: papers; RGO 65, RGO Herstmonceux Solar Records: Lyot filter negative films; RGO 81, Observations of the minor planet Eros to determine the solar parallax: papers and records; RGO 138, RGO Solar Eclipse Plates and Photographs; RGO 143, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope Solar Records: Lyot filter negative films and records; RGO 144, Stonyhurst College and Zurich Observatories: sunspot drawings; RGO 157, RGO Solar Observation Records (including photoheliograph registers); RGO 169, Royal Observatory and RGO Solar Eclipse expeditions: records; and RGO 202, Ely Observatory Solar Plates Contact Prints: from Canon William Selwyn's observatory.


This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. It was emended in December 2008 by Zoe A. Rees and in November 2016 by Dr Emma Saunders.


Royal Observatory, Kew

Finding aid date

2007-05-18 11:32:27+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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