Modern Astronomy: Being Some Account of the Revolution of the Last Quarter of a Century
A. Constable & Company, Limited, 1901 - 286 pages
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Page 241 - Pierced thro' the mystic dome, Regions of lucid matter taking forms, Brushes of fire, hazy gleams, Clusters and beds of worlds, and bee-like swarms Of suns, and starry streams. She saw the snowy poles of moonless Mars, That marvellous round of milky light Below Orion, and those double stars Whereof the one more bright Is circled by the other, &c.
Page 287 - A volume well worth reading, and if any one is not sure how to light his house, he will certainly, after perusing it, decide in favour of electricity.
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Page 8 - This news was to me like the coming upon a spring of water in a dry and thirsty land. Here at last presented itself the very order of work for which in an indefinite way I was looking — namely, to extend his novel methods of research upon the sun to the other heavenly bodies.
Page 13 - With the inauguration of the new Equatoreal will terminate the entire change from the old state of the Observatory. There is not now a single person employed or instrument used in the Observatory which was there in Mr Pond's time, nor a single room in the Observatory which is used as it was used then. In every step of change, however, except this last, the ancient and traditional responsibilities of the Observatory have been most carefully considered : and, in the last, the substitution of a new...
Page 5 - It will hardly be possible for you to go on for any great length of time as you have begun, because the number of such objects is not interminable, and every fresh discovery...