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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1867 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/257

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from Sir J.F.W. Herschel, N.S. Maskelyne, W.R. Birt, C. Pritchard, W. De La Rue and A. de Morgan. The subjects covered include the rediscussion of the observations of the transit of Venus, 1769; solar prominences; the physical constitution of the Sun; diagrams of sunspots; the effect of tides on the Earth's rotation; the
apparent radiant points of the meteoric orbits; objects on the Moon's surface; a map of the Moon; the motion of Mars; drawings of Jupiter; a coloured plate and report on the colours of Saturn; the conical movements of a planet's semi-axis; a diagram of the nebula in the sword belt of Orion; an astrolabe in an Egyptian drawing; the determination of the longitude and variation of compass by circummeridian altitudes; calculations relating to tabular refractions; parts of two 'American Athenaeums' on celestial mechanics and the secondary planets; and correspondence on other subjects relating to astronomy.


  • Creation: 1867 - 1869


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1 archive box(es) (1 box)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-01-06 11:37:48+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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