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Script for 'The Night Sky in November', 1956-11

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 45/316

Scope and Contents

An annotated copy of Porter's script for 'The Night Sky in November' on Venus and Jupiter in the morning sky; an eclipse of the Moon on Sunday, 18 November; the attention given by the ancient astronomers to the Moon and planets, rather than the stars; the study of comets in the eighteenth century; the Messier catalogue of nebulae; M31 in Andromeda and how to find it with the naked eye; William Herschel's counting of stars and nebulae and the different types of galaxy; spectroscopy and photography applied to nebulae, the distances to and nature of nebulae, and the determination of the distance to M31; and galactic clusters, our local cluster and the possibility of other planets.


  • Creation: 1956-11


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6 page(s)

Language of Materials


Finding aid date

2007-04-13 12:42:14+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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