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Projection of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy

Date

April 1784

Creator

William Herschel (1738-1822, British), Astronomer

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (drawing): 224mm
width (drawing): 327mm

Subject

Content object

space
   > star

Description

Plate 18 figure 16 for the paper “Account of some observations tending to investigate the construction of the heavens”, by William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.74 part 2 (1784), pp.437-451. A demonstration that an observer within the Milky Way galaxy “will see all the stars in the direction of the planes of the stratum projected into a great circle, which will appear lucid on account of the accumulation of the stars...” and explaining the scattering of stars forming the constellations. Not signed.

Transcription

Fig 16
Philos. Trans. Vol.LXXIV Tab.XVIII p.

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