AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Maria Mitchell's Observations of Mira, 1856-1859

Volume 12 number 2 (1983)

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Emilia P. Belserene
Maria Mitchell Observatory,


Maria Mitchell's comparisons of Ο Ceti with surrounding stars are reduced with modern magnitudes to give the light curve for the maxima in early 1857 and two cycles later in late 1858. THe state of astronomical photometry at the time is briefly reviewed.