The Orbs Around Us; A Series Of Familiar Essays On The Moon And Planets, Meteors And Comets, The…

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byRichard Anthony Proctor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... 319 COLOURS OF THE DOUBLE STARS. Old Zahn, in the strange work called the c Syntagma,' says of the stars that they shine 'more like torches burning with eternal flame before the altar of the Most High, than the lamps of the ethereal vault, or the funeral lights of the setting sun.' And he proceeds to discuss the various colours seen among the stars, arguing that the stars show by their tint to which planetary party they belong. There are the partisans of Saturn, with a dull and leaden aspect; the Jovial stars brilliantly white; and the Martial party with fiery, ruddy rays. Those stars which have an orangecoloured light are the adherents, he thought, of our sun; while those which are pale and faint belong to the moon. Lastly, the stars which obey the planet of Love, shine with a box-coloured light! One cannot wonder that even before its true significance was understood, a phenomenon so beautiful as the coloured splendours of the stars should have attracted attention. In our latitudes, indeed, the colours of the stars are not very striking, though even here they may be very easily recognised when the air is clear and dry. But in southern climes, and especially in that land where astronomy had its birth, the colours of the stars form a very beautiful feature of the nocturnal heavens. 'The whole sky,' remarks a modern traveller, 'seems set with thousands of varied gems.' Nay, even the shooting-star, as it flashes across the heavens, exhibits colours which are never seen in our latitudes. Sir Alexander Burnes remarks on the magnificent spectacle presented by the coloured shooting-stars seen from the elevated table-' land of Bokhara, and Humboldt was deeply impressed by the same beautiful phenomenon. The colours, then, which we notice in the stars are to be loo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... 319 COLOURS OF THE DOUBLE STARS. Old Zahn, in the strange work called the c Syntagma,' says of the stars that they shine 'more...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217602665

ISBN - 13:9780217602662

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