A Handbook of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy: The sun, planets, and comets

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Clarendon Press, 1889

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Page 486 - For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God...
Page 486 - And there appeared another wonder in heaven ; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth...
Page 320 - This sudden darkness was looked upon as an unfavourable omen, and threw them into the greatest consternation. Pericles, observing that the pilot was much astonished and perplexed, took his cloak, and having covered his eyes with it, asked him, — " If he found any thing terrible in" that, or considered it as a sad presage?" Upon his answering in the negative, he said, — "Where is the difference then between this and the other, except that something bigger than my cloak causes the eclipse?
Page 485 - HUNG be the heavens with black , yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky ; And with them scourge the bad revolting stars, That have consented unto Henry's death ! Henry the fifth, too famous to live long ! England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.
Page 206 - I do not know what to say in a case so surprising, so unlocked for, and so novel. The shortness of the time, the unexpected nature of the event, the weakness of my understanding, and the fear of being mistaken, have greatly confounded me.
Page 370 - December 37 for the sake of convenience. This inclination is ever varying, as well from the effect of its mean diminution, as of the nutation of the earth's axis: it is an important element in deducing...
Page 287 - I did not remark any beams projecting from it which deserved notice as much more conspicuous than the others ; but the whole was beamy, radiated in structure, and terminated (though very indefinitely) in a way which reminded me of the ornament frequently placed round a mariner's compass. Its colour was white, or resembling that of Venus.
Page 254 - We see it as Columbus saw America from the shores of Spain. Its movements have been felt, trembling along the far-reaching line of our analysis, with a certainty hardly inferior to that of ocular demonstration.
Page 485 - So spake the grisly terror ; and in shape, So speaking, and so threatening, grew ten-fold More dreadful and deform : on the other side, Incensed with indignation, Satan stood Unterrified, and like a comet burned, That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In the Arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.
Page 283 - ... eclipse was preceded by a blood-red streak of light from its left limb, which continued not longer than 6 or 7 seconds of time ; then part of the Sun's disc appeared all of a sudden, as bright as Venus was ever seen in the night ; nay, brighter ; and in that very instant gave a light and shadow to things as strong as the Moon uses to dod.

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