On the Reliability of the de la rue Sunspot Area Measurements
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In the 19th century De la Rue, Stewart, and Loewy carried out a compilation of drawings and photographs of the solar sunspots in the period 1832–1868. From these drawings and photographs, they determined fortnightly values of the sunspot areas. In this work, monthly values of the sunspot areas for the period 1832–1868 are calculated and the reliability of these data in terms of the solar activity indices is discussed.
Keywords19th Century Solar Activity Activity Index Area Measurement Sunspot Area
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