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Astronomy for Amateurs   By: (1842-1925)

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[Illustration: Paul Renaud.

CONTEMPLATION]

ASTRONOMY FOR AMATEURS

BY CAMILLE FLAMMARION AUTHOR OF POPULAR ASTRONOMY

AUTHORIZED TRANSLATION BY FRANCES A. WELBY

ILLUSTRATED

[Illustration]

NEW YORK AND LONDON D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1910

COPYRIGHT, 1904, BY

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Published October, 1904

TO

MADAME C.R. CAVARÉ

ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF FRANCE CHÂTEAU DE MAUPERTHUIS

MADAME: I have dedicated none of my works, save Stella offered to the liberal minded, the free and generous friend of progress, and patron of the sciences, James Gordon Bennett, editor of the New York Herald. In this volume, Madame, I make another exception, and ask your permission to offer it to the first woman who consented to be enrolled in the list of members of the Astronomical Society of France, as foundress of this splendid work, from the very beginning of our vast association (1887); and who also desired to take part in the permanent organization of the Observatory at Juvisy, a task of private enterprise, emancipated from administrative routine. An Astronomy for Women[1] can not be better placed than upon the table of a lady whose erudition is equal to her virtues, and who has consecrated her long career to the pursuit and service of the Beautiful, the Good, and the True.

CAMILLE FLAMMARION.

OBSERVATORY OF JUVISY, November, 1903 .

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

I. THE CONTEMPLATION OF THE HEAVENS 10

II. THE CONSTELLATIONS 28

III. THE STARS, SUNS OF THE INFINITE. A JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE 56

IV. OUR STAR THE SUN 88

V. THE PLANETS. A. MERCURY, VENUS, THE EARTH, MARS 113

VI. THE PLANETS. B. JUPITER, SATURN, URANUS, NEPTUNE 146

VII. THE COMETS 172

VIII. THE EARTH 205

IX. THE MOON 232

X. THE ECLIPSES 259

XI. ON METHODS. HOW CELESTIAL DISTANCES ARE DETERMINED, AND HOW THE SUN IS WEIGHED 287

XII. LIFE, UNIVERSAL AND ETERNAL 317

INDEX 341

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Contemplation Frontispiece From a painting by Paul Renaud

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1. The great Book of the Heavens is open to all eyes 15

2. The earth in space. June solstice, midday 20

3. The Great Bear (or Dipper) and the Pole Star 34

4. To find the Pole Star 35

5. To find Cassiopeia 37

6. To find Pegasus and Andromeda 37

7. Perseus, the Pleiades, Capella 38

8. To find Arcturus, the Herdsman, and the Northern Crown 40

9. The Swan, Vega, the Eagle 41

10. The Constellations of the Zodiac: summer and autumn; Capricorn, Archer, Scorpion, Balance, Virgin, Lion 46

11. The Constellations of the Zodiac: winter and spring; Crab, Twins, Bull, Ram, Fishes, Water Carrier 47

12. Orion and his celestial companions 48

13. Winter Constellations 51

14. Spring Constellations 52

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