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By Martin Davidson

This ebook presents an updated and authoritative define of our wisdom of the heavenly bodies—their distances, dimensions, lots, constitutions, temperatures, etc.—and explains the tools utilized by the astronomer for buying this information. so far as attainable whatever other than trouble-free mathematical remedy of the issues has been refrained from within the textual content, apart from the bankruptcy on Navigation. the place it has appeared fascinating more challenging mathematical concerns were relegated to footnotes on the ends of chapters or to the Appendices which, besides the fact that, aren't crucial for realizing the themes defined within the textual content.

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The point enters the region of the sun- umbra spot i 2 solar eclipses. Until 1868 prominences were only seen during total spectra During the eclipse of that year the bright line or emission and Janssen by noticed of the prominences were particularly it that idea the conceived each and Lockyer, quite independently, locate promitherefore and spectra, these see to possible should be Both tried eclipse. nences in full sunlight, without waiting for an but that visible, spectra emission and found that not only were the prominencej whole the spectroscope of the slit by slightly opening the seen in its true outline, and even a large!

Prominences on the disk appear as dark, often sinuous, markings, they are darker than the disk background because only the absorption outward jumps of the electrons of their atoms are observable. "Tien a prominence is partly on the disk but extends beyond the telescope, be due to — J — THE SUN THE SUN limb, the portion on the disk is darker than the disk but the portion beyond the limb is brighter than its dark background. The reader should refer to the paragraph under Chromosphere,' in which the the surface markings as seen in photographs taken with the spectroThese latter have a distinctly mottled heliograph in calcium.

It is possible, therefore, by setting the slit of the spectroheliograph on these central portions of the line, to photograph the calcium content of the chromosphere at different levels. The mottled appearance or 59 light to pass through. Mirrors of quartz or pyrex glass, unwanted which do not appreciably expand with the heat, are more suitable Generally speaking, a small objective than those of ordinary glass. lens of from 4 to 6 inches aperture is adequate for solar observation, and very useful work can be done with even smaller lenses of good quality.

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