Astronomical Register: A Medium of Communication for Amateur Observers and All Others Interested in the Science of Astronomy, Volume 13

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J. D. Potter., 1876
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Page 236 - To give a stronger impulse and a more systematic direction to scientific inquiry, — to promote the intercourse of those who cultivate Science in different parts of the British Empire, with one another, and with foreign philosophers, — to obtain a more general attention to the objects of Science, and a removal of any disadvantages of a public kind which impede its progress.
Page 217 - ... to the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year, the number of degrees in each being marked. Inside these there were twelve other divisions nearer the pole, forming a second and inner circle, and in each of the twentyfour divisions, the principal prominent star is inserted.
Page 184 - Royal was established in 1765, the duty of the incumbent was declared to be " 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 in order to find out the so much desired Longitude at Sea for the perfecting -the Art of Navigation.
Page 240 - Darkness obscures the land; do thou rise in my absence;" and the brilliant moon calls out to her: " Come forth; for thy face is like me when I am at the full, and in all my glory!
Page 18 - THE TRANSITS of VENUS ; a Popular Account of Past and Coming Transits, from the first observed by Horrocks AD 1639 to the Transit of AD 2012. By RA PROCTOR, BA Second Edition, with 20 Plates (12 coloured) and 38 Woodcuts. Crown 8vo. 8s. 6d. The UNIVERSE and the COMING TRANSITS...
Page 117 - Polar World ; a Description of Man and Nature in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions of the Globe, Maps, Plates & Woodcuts. 8vo. i or. 6d. Hartwig's Subterranean World. With Maps and Woodcuts. 8vo. los. 6d. Hartwig's Aerial World ; a Popular Account of the Phenomena and Life of the Atmosphere.
Page 188 - I do not love to be printed upon every occasion, much less to be dunned and teased by foreigners about mathematical things, or to be thought by our own people to be trifling away my time about them, when I should be about the King's business.
Page 184 - 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 157 - The Observatory was expressly built for the aid of astronomy and navigation, for promoting methods of determining longitude at sea, and (as the circumstances that led to its foundation show) more especially for determination of the moon's motions. All these imply, as their first step, the formation of accurate catalogues of stars, and the determination of the fundamental elements of the solar system. These objects have been steadily pursued from the foundation of the Observatory : in one way...
Page 36 - Instrument. — Very accurate determinations of the time were obtained on the six nights previous ; and one star and azimuth-mark, on the night following, by Dr. Copeland with the 4-in. reversing transit. All the photographic exposures are automatically registered on the chronograph by a method which gives the actual duration of the exposure. The heliometer observations were also registered thus : Dr. Copeland observed eye and ear — all other observations (photographic and heliometric) were also...

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