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|Format:||Fine Binding||Subject:||Science & Technology|
|Date of Publication:||1900-1949||Printing Year:||1850-1899|
|Special Attributes:||1st Edition|
STORY OF THE HEAVENS
SIR ROBERT BALL
WITH TWENTY-FOUR COLOURED PLATES AND NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS
NEW AND REVISED EDITION
CASSELL AND COMPANY LIMITED
DESCRIPTION: full contemporary calf, PRIZE BINDING xii, 568pp. 24 Coloured plates, with illustrations throughout the text including frontispiece of Saturn. N.B - this is a heavy book - 1.5kg (3.3lb)
CONDITION: FINE. Binding sound - no restoration. Minor wear only to leather covers - surface rubbing to the outer joints but no serious cracking/damage. Minor split to top of front joint (see first photo below) Sunning to spine. All edges marbled. Original endpapers uncracked. Prize plate to front pastedown. Some occasional light foxing, but generally excellent otherwise. A superb copy in a contemporary leather binding. See full preface below, along with the contents and full list of illustrations.
Sir Robert Stawell Ball FRS (1840 –1913) was an Irish astronomer. He was the son of naturalist Robert Ball and Amelia Gresley Hellicar.
Ball worked for Lord Rosse from 1865 to 1867. In 1867 he became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Royal College of Science in Dublin. There he lectured on mechanics and published an elementary account of the science.
In 1874 Ball was appointed Royal Astronomer of Ireland and Andrews Professor of Astronomy in the University of Dublin at Dunsink Observatory.
PREFACE & CONTENTS (Based on the slightly earlier - 1900 - edition)
PREFACE TO ORIGINAL EDITION.
I HAVE to acknowledge the kind aid which I have received
in the preparation of this book.
Mr. Nasmyth has permitted me to use some of the
beautiful drawings of the Moon, which have appeared in the
well-known work published by him in conjunction with Mr.
Carpenter. To this source I am indebted for Plates VII., VIII.,
IX., X, and Figs. 28, 29, 30.
Professor Pickering has allowed me to copy some of the
drawings made at Harvard College Observatory by Mr.
Trouvelot, and I have availed myself of his kindness for
Plates I, IV., XII, XV.
I am indebted to Professor Langley for Plate II., to Mr.
De la Rue for Plates III. and XIV, to Mr. T. E. Key for Plate
XVII., to Professor Schiaparelli for Plate XVIII., to the late
Professor C. Piazzi Smyth for Fig. 100, to Mr. Chambers for
Fig. 7, which has been borrowed from his " Handbook of
Descriptive Astronomy," to Dr. Stoney for Fig. 78, and to
Dr. Copeland and Dr. Dreyer for Fig. 72. I have to
acknowledge the valuable assistance derived from Professor
Newcomb's " Popular Astronomy," and Professor Young's
"Sun." In revising the volume I have had the kind aid of
the Rev. Maxwell Close.
I have also to thank Dr. Copeland and Mr. Steele for their
kindness in reading through the entire proofs ; while I have
also occasionally availed myself of the help of Mr. Cathcart.
ROBERT S. BALL.
OBSERVATOBY, DUNSINK, Co. DUBLIN.
12th May, 1886.
NOTE TO THIS EDITION.
I HAVE taken the opportunity in the present edition to revise
the work in accordance with the recent progress of astronomy.
I am indebted to the Royal Astronomical Society for the
permission to reproduce some photographs from their published
series, and to Mr. Henry F. Griffiths, for beautiful drawings
of Jupiter, from which Plate XL was prepared.
ROBERT S. BALL
1st May, 1900.
I. THE ASTRONOMICAL' OBSERVATORY 9
II. THE SUN
III. THE MOON 70
IV. THE SOLAR SYSTEM
V. THE LAW OF GRAVITATION .122
VI. THE PLANET OF ROMANCE ' 15
IX. THE EARTH .. 192
X. MARS . . 208
XI. THE MINOR PLANETS 229
XIII. SATURN 268
XIV. URANUS 298
XV. NEPTUNE ,' 315
XVI. COMETS .... 336
XVII. SHOOTING STARS .... 372
XVIII. THE STARRY HEAVENS 409
XIX. THE DISTANT SUNS 42;5
XX. DOUBLE STARS 434
XXI. THE DISTANCES OF THE STARS 44 *
XXII. STAR CLUSTERS AND NEBULJK 461
XXIII. THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF THE STARS 477
XXIV. THE PRECESSION AND NUTATION OF THE EARTH'S Axis . . . 492
XXV. THE ABERRATION OF LIGHT ,503
XXVI. THE ASTRONOMICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF HEAT 513
XXVII. THE TIDES 531
APPENDIX . 55fc
LIST OF PLATES.
I. Tho Planet Saturn Frontispiece
II. A Typical Sun-spot To face page 9
A. The Sun 44
III. Spots and Faculse on the Sun 37
IV. Solar Prominences or Flames 57
V. The Solar Corona 62
VI. Chart of the Moon's Surface 81
B. Portion of the Moon 88
VII. The Lunar Crater Triesnecker .... 93
VIII. A Normal Lunar Crater ...... 97
IX. The Lunar Crater Plato 102
X. The Lunar Crater Tycho 106
XI. The Planet Jupiter 254
XII. Coggia's Comet 340
C. Comet A., 1892, 1 Swift 358
XIII. Spectra of the Sun and of three Stars ... 47
D. The Milky Way, near Messier II. ... 462
XIV. The Great Nebula in Orion ..... 466
XV. The Great Nebula in Andromeda .... 468
E. Nebulae in the Pleiades 472
F. w Centauri 474
XVI. Nebulae observed with Lord Eosse's Telescope . 476
XVII. The Comet of 1882 357
XVIII. Schiaparelli's Map of Mars . . . ' . . ,. .. 221
LIST OF ILLUSTKATIONS.
1. Principle of the Refracting Telescope 11
2. Dome of the South Equatorial at Dunsink Observatory, Co. Dublin . 12
3. Section of the Dome of Dunsink Observatory 13
4. The Telescope at Yerkes Observatory, Chicago 15
5. Principle of Herschel's Reflecting Telescope 16
6. South Front of the Yerkes Observatory, Chicago 17
7. Lord Rosse's Telescope 18
8. Meridian Circle 20
9. The Great Bear 27
10. Comparative Sizes of the Earth and the Sun 30
11. The Sun, photographed September 22, 1870 33
12. Photograph of the Solar Surface 35
13. An ordinary Sun-spot 36
14. Schemer's Observations on Sun-spots 38
15. Zones on the Sun's Surface in which Spots appear .... 39
16. Texture of the Sun and a small Spot 43
17. The Prism 45
18. Dispersion of Light by the Prism .46
19. Prominences seen in Total Eclipses 53
20. View of the Corona in a Total Eclipse 62
21. View of Corona during Eclipse of January 22, 1898 .... 63
22. The Zodiacal Light in 1874 69
23. Comparative Sizes of the Earth and the Moon 73
24. The Moon's Path around the Sun 76
25. The Phases of the Moon 76
26. The Earth's Shadow and Penumbra 78
27. Key to Chart of the Moon (Plate VI.) 81
28. Lunar Volcano in Activity : Nasmyth's Theory 97
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. xi
29. Lunar Volcano : Subsequent Feeble Activity 97
30. Formation of the Level Floor by Lava . . 98
31. Orbits of the Four Interior Planets 115
32. The Earth's Movement 116
33. Orbits of the Four Giant Planets 117
34. Apparent Size of the Sun from various Planets 118
35. Comparative Sizes of the Planets 119
36. Illustration of the Moon's Motion 130
37. Drawing an Ellipse 137
38. Varying Velocity of Elliptic Motion 140
39. Equal Areas in Equal Times . . 141
40. Transit of the Planet of Romance 153
41. Variations in Phase and apparent Size of Mercury .... 160
42. Mercury as a Crescent 161
43. Venus, May 29, 1889 . . . 170
44. Different Aspects of Venus in the Telescope 171
45. Venus on the Sun at the Transit of 1874 177
46. Paths of Venus across the Sun in the Transits of 1874 and 1882 . 179
47. A Transit of Venus, as seen from Two Localities 183
48. Orbits of the Earth and of Mars 210
49. Apparent Movements of Mars in 1877 212
50. Relative Sizes of Mars and the Earth- 216
51. 52. Drawings of Mars 217
53. Elevations and Depressions on the Terminator of Mars . . .217
54. The Southern Polar Cap on Mars 217
55. The Zone of Minor Planets between Mars and Jupiter . . . 234
56. Relative Dimensions of Jupiter and the Earth 246
57 60. The Occultation of Jupiter 255
61. Jupiter and his Four Satellites 258
62. Disappearances of Jupiter's Satellites 259 1
63. Mode of Measuring the Velocity of Light 264
64. Saturn 270
65. Relative Sizes of Saturn and the Earth . . . . . .273
65. Method of Measuring the Rotation of Saturn's Rings . . . .288
67. ...'. 289
xii LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
68. Transit' of Titiin and its Shadow . 295
69. Parabolic Path of a Comet 339
70. Orbit of Encke's Comet 346
71. Tail of a Comet directed from the Sun 363
72. Bredichin's Theory of Comets' Tails 366
73. Tails of the Comet of 1858 367
74. The Comet of 1744 368
75. The Path of the Fireball of November 6, 1869 375
76. The Orbit of a Shoal of Meteors 378
77. Eadiant Point of Shootirig Stars 381
78. The History of the Leonids 385
79. Section of the Chaco Meteorite 398
80. The Great Bear and Pole Star . 410
81. The Great Bear and Cassiopeia 411
82. The Great Square of Pegasus 413
83. Perseus and its Neighbouring Stars 415
84. The Pleiades . 416
85. Orion, Sirius, and Neighbouring Stars 417
86. Castor and Pollux 418
87. The Great Bear and the Lion 419
88. Bootes and the Crown 420
89. Virgo and Neighbouring Constellations 421
90. The Constellation of Lyra 422
91. Vega, the Swan, and the E;igle 423
92. The Orbit of Sirius 426
93. The Parallactic Ellipse 444
94. 61 Cygni and the Comparison Stars 447
95. Parallax in Declination of 61 Cygni 450
96. Globular Cluster in Hercules 463
97. Position of the Great Nebula in Orion 466
98. The Multiple Star 6 Orionis . . . 407
99. The Nebula N. G. C. 1499 . 471
100. Star-Map, showing Precessional Movement 493
101. Illustration of the Motion of Precession 495
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