Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volumes 1-26

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Astronomical Society of the Pacific., 1913
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Page 80 - If a system of fixed stars which are related in their position to a common plane, as we have delineated the Milky Way to be, be so far removed from us that the individual stars of which it consists are no longer sensibly distinguishable even by the telescope...
Page 71 - Holden as well as myself to an extent that I did not become aware of until long afterward." It is an illuminating comment upon Professor Holden's promise as an astronomer of the future that he should be recommended, and probably tentatively selected, as the director of the proposed Lick Observatory, to contain the largest and most powerful telescope in existence, at a time when his astronomical experience had covered but little more than one year. Professor Holden was then less than twenty-eight...
Page 74 - Director Holden selected the most promising men he could find in the United States to comprise the Observatory staff. He assigned them definitely to lines of research which the succeeding years have shown to be of the highest importance.
Page 81 - ... will appear under a small angle as a patch of space whose figure will be circular if its plane is presented directly to the eye, and elliptical if it is seen from the side or obliquely. The feebleness of its light, its figure, and the apparent size of its diameter will clearly distinguish such a phenomenon when it is presented, from all the stars that are seen single.
Page 75 - I call it singular because, if we confine ourselves to the record, it would he difficult to assign any obvious reason for it. One fact is indisputable, and that is the wonderful success of the director in selecting young men who were to make the institution famous by their abilities and industry. If the highest problem of administration is to select the right men, the new director certainly mastered it.
Page 78 - He was elected Foreign Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1884; a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1885; and later to membership in the Astronomical Society of France, in the Italian Spectroscopic Society, in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, etc. He received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1886, and from Columbia University in 1887; the degree of Sc.D. from the University of the Pacific in 1896; and the degree of Litt.D. from Fordham College...
Page 79 - The First Part deals with a new system of the universe generally. Mr Wright of Durham, whose treatise I have come to know from the Hamburg publication entitled the Freie Urteile, of 1751, first suggested ideas that led me to regard the fixed stars not as a mere swarm scattered without visible order, but as a system which has the greatest resemblance with that of the planets; so that just as the planets in their system are found very nearly in a common plane, the fixed stars are also related in their...
Page 188 - ... the course of these lines connections have been made with the track at railroad stations. UNITED STATES ENGINEER CORPS. (USEC) Elevations given under this authority are the results of precise leveling, executed in connection with river and harbor improvements. UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. (USGS) A vast number of elevations are credited to this source. They have been determined by various means, but almost entirely by trigonometric methods and by level lines. Elevations of mountains, hills,...
Page 74 - Reminiscences," page 190: "The institution made its mark almost from the beginning. I know of no example in the world in which young men, most of whom were beginners, attained such success as did those whom Holden collected around him.
Page 29 - James Lick originally intended to erect the Observatory at Fourth and Market streets. His ideas of what he wanted and what he should do were of the very vaguest character. It required months of careful approaches and the proper presentation of facts to change his views on location. He next had a notion of locating it on the mountains overlooking his mill-site, near Santa Clara, and thought it would be a Mecca, — but only in the sense of a show. "Gradually I guided his judgment to place it on a...

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