Tag Archives: astronomy

  • Bentley Historical Library

    What Time Is It Now?

    Trains crashing. People dying. Businesses struggling. The perils of keeping incorrect time in Detroit were significant, and the city desperately needed a solution. A visionary academic, a knowledge-loving businessman, and new technology to plot the stars would converge on a small hill at U-M, changing Detroit—and the campus—forever.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    The Great Debate

    What is the universe? How big is it? What is our place in it? Astronomers have been trying to answer these questions for centuries, from Aristotle to Ptolemy to Copernicus. And as our astronomical knowledge expands, questions like these continue to surface.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    Total Eclipse of the Sun

    In the summer of 1878, U-M Professor James Watson headed west to observe a solar eclipse, confident he would find a new planet called Vulcan. Instead, he discovered the limitations of science in the late-1800s and the fine line separating fascination and folly.

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