Outlines of Astronomy

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Blanchard & Lea, 1857 - Astronomy - 573 pages

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Page 223 - ... of those great deposits of dynamical efficiency which are laid up for human use in our coal strata. By them the waters of the sea are made to circulate in vapour through the air, and irrigate the land, producing springs and rivers.
Page 12 - William Youatt. A new edition, with numerous illustrations ; together with a General History of the Horse ; a Dissertation on the American Trotting Horse; how trained and jockeyed; an Account of his Remarkable Performances; and an Essay on the Ass and the Mule.
Page 223 - The sun's rays are the ultimate source of almost every motion which takes place on the surface of the earth. By its heat are produced all winds, and those disturbances in the electric equilibrium of the atmosphere which give rise to the phenomena of lightning, and probably also to terrestrial action and the aurora.
Page 293 - As to getting correct notions on this subject by drawing circles on paper, or, still worse, from those very childish toys called orreries, it is out of the question.
Page 310 - ... the earth. And since it is an observed fact, that even those larger comets which have presented the appearance of a nucleus have yet exhibited no phases, though we cannot doubt that they shine by the reflected solar light, it follows that even these can only be regarded as great masses of thin vapour, susceptible of being penetrated through their whole substance by the sunbeams, and reflecting them alike from their interior parts and from their surfaces.
Page 216 - Ingens macula in sole conspiciebatur, cujus diam eter= s'ji "diam. solis. uniformly bright. Its ground is finely mottled with an appearance of minute, dark dots, or pores, which, when attentively watched, are found to be in a constant state of change. There is nothing which represents so faithfully this appearance as the slow subsidence of some flocculent chemical precipitates in a transparent fluid, when viewed perpendicularly from above...
Page 538 - Every year whose number is not divisible by 4 without remainder, consists of 365 days ; every year which is so divisible, but is not divisible by 100, of 366 ; every year divisible by 100, but not by 400, again of 365 ; and every year divisible by 400, again of 366.
Page 178 - This remarkable belt has maintained, from the earliest ages, the same relative situation among the stars ; and, when examined through powerful telescopes, is found (wonderful to relate ! ) to consist entirely of stars scattered by millions, like glittering dust, on. the black ground of the general heavens.
Page 222 - ... may, nevertheless, be in a state of most intense ignition. It does not, however, follow of necessity that it must be so. The contrary is at least physically possible. A perfectly reflective canopy would effectually defend it from the radiation of the luminous regions above its atmosphere, and no heat would be conducted downwards through a gaseous medium increasing rapidly in density. That the penumbral clouds are highly reflective, the fact of their visibility in such a situation can leave no...

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