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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1835 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/245

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from T. Henderson, C.P. Smyth, A. de Morgan, J.R. Hind, J.W. Lubbock, J. Challis, F. Baily and others. The subjects covered include the printing of comet tables; the locations in the 'Philosophical Transactions' of the papers of Flamsteed, Bradley and Maskelyne relating to Greenwich observations; reports on the transit of Mercury, 1832; the occultation of Mercury, 1838; newspaper cuttings of the transit of Mercury in America, 1845; the transit of Mercury over the Sun's disk, 1845; a letter from U.J.J. Le Verrier and an answer about observing Mercury with 'the new instrument' (unspecified); a translation of Encke's letter on the perturbations of Vesta and the mass of Jupiter; communication on the discovery of Saturn's 8th satellite by W. Lassell and G.P. Bond; letters and drawings of the large solar spots of 1848; a prospectus of a chart of the Moon; a letter to Airy about a volcanic eruption seen on the Moon; a newspaper cutting titled 'The Central Sun'; a letter from J.R. Hind about a missing star; newspaper cuttings on the 'Nebula Theory'; a note and plans from Mr Falkner of Athenian Dials and ancient astronomy; a printed circular from W. Watson on a new mechanical method of making sundials; a list of figures titled 'Mr Pond's collection of Greenwich Obliquities'; two tables for the Sun's parallax for every 5 days of the year 1836; a copy of Bessel's tables for motion in a long eclipse and printed tables of Bessel's refractions; a circular advertising Lt Raper's treatise on navigation; a printed paper from Professor A. de Morgan on the ecclesiastical calendar; a note of the dates of events for the year 1845; newspaper cuttings on the dispute between Mr Woolhouse and Sir James South; a circular and sketch from Mr Goldicutt on a proposed monument to Nelson; correspondence, some printed, on a discussion between D.F.J. Arago and G. Pontecoulant; a letter from Osler on a method of estimating very small fractions of a second of time; correspondence with Sir J.F.W. Herschel on the acceleration of rotation of a shrinking sphere; letters and circulars from D. Glazion on the motions of the Sun and Moon; a printed paper of the proceedings of the Royal Society concerning Lt J.M. Gillis' 'astronomical observations proposed to be made in South America'; and letters of enquiry on general astronomical matters and on subjects unconnected with astronomy.


  • 1835 - 1848

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