AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 44 HAD III: Catalogs, Surveys and Ancient Observations
Oral, Monday, January 10, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Pacific Salon 1

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[44.04] The Digitized and Interactive Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way by E.E. Barnard

J.R. Sowell, L.E. Crafts (Georgia Tech)

Edward Emerson Barnard is considered to be one of the greatest astronomers of the 19th century. His keen eyesight made possible the discovery of the fifth moon of Jupiter, Almathea, and of numerous comets. He was one of the first to apply the use of photographic plates toward studying his favorite objects -- dark nebulae. Near the end of his career, Barnard began producing his A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. He personally inspected, evaluated, and chose each reproduction print of his photographic plates, making each copy of the Atlas an exquisite book.

The Library of the Georgia Institute of Technology has digitized the Atlas and placed it on-line at http://www.library.gatech.edu/barnard. The goals and desires for this project have been twofold: (1) to make the Atlas and web site a research tool for those studying dark nebulae; and (2) to make more available a “jewel” from the rare-book archives for admirers, historians, and astronomers.

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