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" On the evening of August 29, 1864, I directed my telescope for the first time to a planetary nebula in Draco. The reader may now be able to picture to himself to some extent the feeling of excited suspense, mingled with a degree of awe, with which, after... "
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific - Page 140
by Astronomical Society of the Pacific - 1909
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Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, Part 1

Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents - 1911 - 856 pages
...nebulae up to that time was really in favor of their being early stages of an evolutional progression. I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as...expected. A single bright line only. At first I suspected gome displacement of the prism, and that I was looking at a reflection of the Illuminated slit from...
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Colours of the Stars

David Malin, Paul Murdin - 1984 - 214 pages
...extent the feeling of excited suspense, mingled with a degree of awe, with which, after a few moments of hesitation, I put my eye to the spectroscope. Was...not about to look into a secret place of creation f I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as I expected! A single bright line only! . . ....
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Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists, Second Edition - 2 Volume Set

John Daintith - 1994 - 530 pages
...that earlier astronomers had failed to resolve into stars. His excitement is apparent in his report: "I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as I expected! A single bright line only! . . . The riddle of the nebula was solved . . . Not an aggregation of stars, but a luminous gas." He...
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Cosmology: The Science of the Universe

Edward Harrison - 2000 - 586 pages
...wrote, "I directed the telescope for the first time to a planetary nebula in Draco," and with hesitation "put my eye to the spectroscope. Was I not about to look into a secret place of creation?" What he saw was not what he expected. The spectroscope showed not the continuous spectrum characteristic...
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The History of the Telescope

Henry C. King - 2003 - 484 pages
...August a9th [he writes]3a I directed the telescope for the first time to a planetary nebula in Draco. I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as...only! At first I suspected some displacement of the a86 prism, and that I was looking at a reflection of the illuminated slit from one of its faces. This...
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Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope

Fred Watson - 2004 - 368 pages
...August 29th [he wrote in 1897] I directed the telescope for the first time to a planetary nebula ... I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as...more than momentary; then the true interpretation (lashed upon me. The light of the nebula was monochromatic [ie an emission line] . . . The riddle of...
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Mirror, Mirror: A History Of The Human Love Affair With Reflection

Mark Pendergrast - 2009 - 448 pages
...spectra. On the evening of August 29, 1864, he turned his telescope to the Cat's Eye Nebula in Draco. "I looked into the spectroscope. No spectrum such as I expected! A single bright line only!" Although he soon found a few other bright lines, it was clear to Huggins that he was looking at a luminous...
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