Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Chile and the United States

Chasing Southern Stars, 1903–1929

  • Bárbara K. Silva

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bárbara K. Silva
    Pages 1-11
  3. Bárbara K. Silva
    Pages 13-26
  4. Bárbara K. Silva
    Pages 61-84
  5. Bárbara K. Silva
    Pages 85-117
  6. Bárbara K. Silva
    Pages 119-129
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-134

About this book


This Palgrave Pivot tells the transnational story of the astronomical observatory in the hills near Santiago, Chile, built in the early twentieth century through the efforts of astronomers from the Lick Observatory in California. Venturing abroad to learn from largely unmapped Southern skies and, hopefully, answer lingering questions about the structure of the galaxy, they planned a three-year research expedition—but ended up staying for more than twenty-five years. The history of the Mills Expedition offers a window onto the history of astronomy, the challenges of scientific collaboration across national lines, and the political and cultural contexts of early-twentieth-century Chile and the United States.


History of Astronomy Nineteenth Century Astronomy the Lick Observatory William W. Campbell Sidereal Problem The DO Mills Expedition Chile the San Cristobal hill US-Latin American Relations the Global South Urban history origins of modern global astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Bárbara K. Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
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