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