The Observatory, Volume 15

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Editors of the Observatory, 1892
"A review of astronomy" (varies).

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Page 75 - our astronomical observer" at a salary of £100 per annum, his duty being "forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page 172 - Formed a design in the beginning of this week, of investigating, as soon as possible after taking my degree, the irregularities in the motion of Uranus, which are yet unaccounted for; in order to find whether they may be attributed to the action of an undiscovered planet beyond it; and if possible thence to determine the elements of its orbit, etc. approximately, which would probably lead to its discovery.
Page 90 - Engineers, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Royal Irish Academy ; and a Corresponding Member of several foreign Academies.
Page 215 - Anemometer appears to me to possess numerous advantages. The head is simple in construction and so strong that it is practically indestructible by the most violent hurricane. The recording apparatus can be placed at any reasonable distance from the head, and the connecting pipes may go round several sharp corners without harm. The power is conveyed from the head without loss by friction, and hence the instrument may be made sensitive to very low velocities without impairing its ability to resist...
Page 280 - ... (2) At all stations the maximum temperature occurs in July or August, and the minimum in December or January. (3) Relative humidity is lowest at the sea-coast stations and highest at the inland ones. (4) The southwestern district seems the most cloudy in winter, spring, and autumn, and the southern district the least cloudy in the summer months, and the sea-coast stations are, as a rule, less cloudy than the inland ones.
Page 125 - He then detailed the results of his own experiments, and also the gaugings of the underground waters in the drainage areas of the rivers Wandle and Graveney. He further stated that in the course of his observations on the flow of underground water he had observed that at certain particular seasons of the year it was possible to indicate the direction and volume of the flow of underground streams, even when they were at a considerable depth, owing to the formation of peculiar lines of fog. Dr. C....
Page 172 - Fluxions," which was his first introduction to the higher mathematics. He showed such signs of mathematical power that in 1837 the idea of his going to Cambridge was entertained. He accordingly entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in October 1839. During his undergraduate career he was invariably the first man of his year in the college examinations, and in 1843 he graduated as Senior Wrangler, being also first Smith's Prizeman. In the same year he was elected Fellow of his college.
Page 246 - The author has made over 300 sketches of raindrops, and has gathered some interesting facts respecting their variation in size, form, and distribution. Sheets of slate in a book form, which could be instantly closed, were employed ; these were ruled in inch squares, and after exposure the drops were copied on sheets of paper ruled like the slates. Some drops produce a wet circular spot, whilst others, falling with greater force, have splashes around the drops. The same sized drop varies considerably...
Page 69 - Disturbances," read before the Royal Society. The high estimate that has been formed of the value of this magnetic survey is perhaps most easily appreciated from the very large sums that the Government Grant Committee have recommended should be contributed to aid in the completion of this work of international importance.
Page 46 - AM and 7 AM Thunderstorms appear to travel at an average rate of about 18 miles per hour in ill-defined low barometric pressure systems, but at a higher rate in squally conditions. The author is of opinion that individual thunderstorms do not travel more than about 20 miles, and that they take the path of least resistance, and are consequently most frequent on flat and low ground. Detailed isobaric charts, with isobars for...

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