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Volume 2, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 2, 89-95, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-2-89-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 2, 89-95, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-2-89-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  09 Aug 2011

09 Aug 2011

Johann Christian Heuson, a little-known auroral scholar of the early 18th century

K. Schlegel1 and S. Silverman2 K. Schlegel and S. Silverman
  • 1Copernicus Gesellschaft, e.V., Göttingen, Germany
  • 218 Ingleside Road, Lexington, MA 02420, USA

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.

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