Guide to the National Geographic Society, Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (NGS-POSS) photographs MS.M.032

Finding aid prepared by Carole McEwan
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
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Title: National Geographic Society, Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (NGS-POSS) photographs
Identifier/Call Number: MS.M.032
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 linear feet (10 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1954-1960
Date (inclusive): 1954-1977
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs from the National Geographic Society – Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (NGS-POSS). From 1948 to 1958 astronomers at the California Institute of Technology's Palomar Observatory used a 48-inch Schmidt Telescope to create this sky survey, at the time the most advanced sky survey ever. The survey detected objects of a magnitude of +22, one million times fainter than the limits of human vision. The NGS-POSS collection of photographic negative prints was published multiple times through the 1950s-1970s and scanned into the Digitized Sky Survey in the 1990s. The collection includes a set of prints measuring 14x17" from the photograph atlas, as well as a written survey guide and catalog of plates.
Creator: Palomar Observatory.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of photographs from the National Geographic Society – Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (NGS-POSS). From 1948 to 1958 astronomers at the California Institute of Technology's Palomar Observatory used a 48-inch Schmidt Telescope to create this sky survey, at the time the most advanced sky survey ever. The survey detected objects of a magnitude of +22, one million times fainter than the limits of human vision. The NGS-POSS collection of photographic negative prints was published multiple times through the 1950s-1970s and scanned into the Digitized Sky Survey in the 1990s. The collection includes a set of prints measuring 14x17" from the photograph atlas, as well as a written survey guide and catalog of plates.