1Copernicus Gesellschaft, e.V., Göttingen, Germany
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Received: 21 Apr 2011 – Revised: 15 Jul 2011 – Accepted: 30 Jul 2011 – Published: 09 Aug 2011
Abstract. Heuson published two booklets of observations of the aurora of 17/18 February, 1/2 March 1721, and 16/17 November 1729 together with contemporary thoughts about the subject. His work characterizes him as a well-educated scholar familiar with contemporary auroral observations and theories. Heuson rejects views of the aurora as an omen or portent of divine wrath, but explains the aurora as a natural phenomenon and is thus in line with other well-known auroral scholars of that time.
Schlegel, K. and Silverman, S.: Johann Christian Heuson, a little-known auroral scholar of the early 18th century, Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 2, 89-95, doi:10.5194/hgss-2-89-2011, 2011.