Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 33

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Priestley and Weale, 1873
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Page 371 - Isabella, at the close of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth centuries...
Page 540 - ... when the novelty of the subject is considered, we cannot be surprised that many things, formerly taken for granted, should on examination prove to be different from what they were generally but incautiously supposed to be. For instance, an equal scattering of the stars may be admitted in certain calculations ; but when we examine the Milky Way, or the closely- compressed clusters of stars, this supposed equality of scattering must be given up.
Page 189 - In entering this observation in the Obituary of the Astronomical Society, the distinguished Secretary naturally regarded Mrs. Somerville's early training from the point of view of the gains and losses of Science. Readers of the book before us will probably be tempted rather to consider it from that...
Page 49 - And afterwards they fell from the sky in such numbers, and so thickly together, that as they descended low in the air, they seemed large and fiery, and the sky and the air seemed to be in flames, and even the earth appeared as if ready to take fire.
Page 189 - in her own way,' she found a difficulty which for a time threatened to interfere with her progress. She was unable to read the Principia, because she could not understand Latin. In this strait, she applied, ' after much hesitation,' to Prof. Playfair. She asked if a woman might, without impropriety, learn Latin. After ascertaining the purpose which the young lady had in view — possibly in doubt lest she might follow in the steps of Anne Dacier — Prof. Playfair told her that it would not, in...
Page 199 - In 1851, the Council of the Geological Society awarded to Professor Sedgwick the Wollaston Palladium Medal " for his original researches in developing the geological structure of the British Isles, of the Alps, and of the Rhenish Provinces.
Page 402 - Chron., Th. 1, S. 164. This must be the first annular eclipse in England, of which we have any record. 795. "In this year the Moon was eclipsed between cockcrowing and dawn on the Vth of the Kal. of April ; and Eardwulf succeeded to the kingdom of the Northumbrians on the Ilnd of the Ides of May.
Page 540 - We may also have surmised nebulae to be no other than clusters of stars disguised by their very great distance, but a longer experience and better acquaintance with the nature of nebulae, will not allow a general admission of such a principle, although undoubtedly a cluster of stars may assume a nebulous appearance when it is too remote for us to discern the stars of which it is composed.
Page 194 - ... observatory which afforded the necessary implements was in a Jesuit establishment, where no woman was allowed to pass the threshold. At the same hour her heart yearned towards her native Scotland, and her intellect hungered for the congenial intercourse of London ; and she looked up at the sky with the mortifying knowledge of what was to be seen there but for the impediment which barred her access to the great telescope at hand. With all her gentleness of temper, and her lifelong habit of acquiescence,...
Page 403 - On the fifth night in the month of May, the Moon appeared in the evening, brightly shining, and afterwards by little and little its light waned, so that as soon as it was night it was so completely quenched, that neither light nor orb, nor anything of it was seen. And so it continued very near until day, and then appeared full and brightly shining. It was on this same day a fortnight old. All the night the air was very clear, and the stars over all the heaven brightly shining. And the tree-fruits...

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