George Hale

George Hale

George Hale

The American astronomer George Hale founded the Yerkes, Mount Wilson, and Palomar observatories in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

He designed the first spectroheliograph, a device used to study the Sun's chemical make-up. (French astrophysicist Henri Deslandres independently designed a similar device at the same time.)

Hale showed that sunspots are cooler than the areas of the Sun that surround them and are linked to strong magnetic fields.

Hale suffered from poor health for much of his life and died in 1938.

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A founder of observatories studies the Sun.

About George Hale

George Ellery Hale (June 29, 1868 – February 21, 1938) was an American solar astronomer.

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