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John Brown and Night Sky of 1859 @ 6:00

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 20 @ 6:00 pm,         John Brown and the Night Sky of 1859 lecture by Andrew Lee in collaboration with the Harpers Ferry National Park Service

Just weeks before abolitionist John Brown’s electrifying raid on Harpers Ferry, the dark night sky exploded in a dazzling array of color. Many observers described seeing blood or deep crimson red lights so bright that one could read a newspaper by it. Was it an omen of Civil War? Come and learn about the great solar storm of 1859, how people interpreted night sky phenomena, and how writers and poets would come to describe John Brown himself using astronomical imagery.


June 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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