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Eclipse Weekend

April 6, 2024, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

A man in a black suit standing with his eye to an old-fashioned telescope.Before the Great North American Solar Eclipse, visit the Geneva History Museum and view Comet Finder: Dr. William R. Brooks.

Dr. William Brooks (1844-1921) built his first telescope from farm machinery parts a youth.  In 1881 Brooks discovered his first comet while living in Phelps.  William Smith built a house and an observatory for Brooks on Castle Street in 1888.  He was the second most prolific visual finder of comets in the history of astronomy, having documented 27 over the course of his life. Sixteen of these he found from his observatory in Geneva.  In 1900 he viewed and documented a solar eclipse in Geneva. He also taught astronomy at Hobart College for many years until his death.

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