The Observatory

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Editors of the Observatory, 1900 - Astronomy

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Page 65 - Peters, of Altona, and by himself, that the elements of the orbit of the November meteors also agreed closely with those of a small comet which was discovered by M. Tempel at Marseilles on the 19th of December, 1865, passed its perihelion on the llth of January, 1866, and was found to be moving in an elliptic orbit with a period, like the meteors, of 33j years. It seems probable, indeed, that this comet was observed by the Chinese 500 years earlier, for their records contain accounts of two comets...
Page 164 - Great George Street, Westminster ; Dr. C. Theodore Williams, President, in the chair. Reference was made to the loss which the Society had sustained by the death of Mr.
Page 392 - Openings are those places where, by the accidental removal of the luminous clouds of the sun, its own solid body may be seen ; and this not being lucid, the openings through which we see it may, by a common telescope, be mistaken for mere black spots, or their nuclei.
Page 175 - He was a wire -manufacturer, ironmaster, etc., but found time to develop an interest in many sciences — entomology, botany, geology, mineralogy, zoology, and, later, astronomy. He was a regular attendant at the meetings of the British Association. He did not publish any astronomical work, though for a number of years he constantly used his equatorial and transit. Several years before his death he vested these instruments in trustees for the benefit of the city of Liverpool They were originally...
Page 153 - I should like to be allowed to say a word or two as to the striking volume that Sir William and Lady Huggins have VOL. XXIII. O presented to the Society. It is called an 'Atlas of Stellar Spectra,' a very leading feature in the book being plates of spectra, with which it is replete.
Page 126 - ... year ending November, 1899, was chiefly remarkable for its high temperatures, scanty rainfall, and splendid record of sunshine. The winter and summer were singularly warm seasons, while the autumn was also warm, but during the three spring months rather low temperatures prevailed. In the early part of the flowering season wild plants came into blossom in advance of their mean dates, but after March they were mostly late in coming into bloom. Taking the country as a whole, the best farm crop of...
Page 152 - Spectra from wave length 4,870 to 3,300, together with a discussion of the evolutional order of the stars, and the interpretation of their spectra, preceded by a short history of the Observatory and its work.
Page 62 - Catalogue of Fundamental Stars for 1875 and 1900; Reduced to an Absolute System.
Page 51 - The bubonic plague is primarily due to a specific organism or microbe of infinitesimal size — so small that probably 250 millions of them would be required to cover a square inch of surface. Plague is infectious and contagious, and is greatly influenced by pestilential emanations from polluted and waterlogged soils. The author gives accounts of various outbreaks of plague in this and other countries, including the great plague of London in 1665, when 7165 deaths were recorded in one week in September....
Page 296 - It was resolved unanimously that the Memorial should take the form of a Gold Medal, to be awarded from time to time by the Council of the Royal Meteorological Society for distinguished work in connection with Meteorological Science.

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