Spherical Astronomy

D. Van Nostrand, 1865 - 559 pàgines

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Pàgina 375 - The cubes of the mean distances of the planets from the sun are proportional to the squares of their times of revolution.
Pàgina 105 - At the equator, as we have seen,* the days and nights are equal throughout the year — that is, they consist of 12 hours each ; but if we recede from the equator, north or south, this equality will cease to exist. When the sun is north of the equator the days are longer than the nights in the northern hemisphere ; and when the sun is south of the equator the reverse of this is the case; and in the southern hemisphere, of course, similar changes take place. At the equator the day is always 12 hours...
Pàgina 155 - This law states that the sine of the angle between the normal and the incident ray bears a constant ratio to the sine of the angle between the normal and the refracted ray; again all three directions are coplanar.
Pàgina 113 - The cause of this motion is shewn, by physical astronomy, to arise from the attraction of the sun and moon on the excess of matter at the equatoreal parts of the earth.
Pàgina 294 - Tables requisite to be used with the Nautical Ephemeris for finding the latitude and longitude at sea.
Pàgina 161 - Atmospheric currents, in high latitudes, when undisturbed, are westerly, particularly in the winter season. If storms and gales revolve by a fixed law, and we are able, by studying these disturbing causes of the usual atmospheric currents, to distinguish revolving gales, it is likely that voyages may...
Pàgina 3 - A cos 6 = cos a cos c + sin a sin c cos B cos c = cos a cos 6 + sin a sin 6 cos C Law of Cosines for Angles cos A = — cos B...
Pàgina 76 - ... ascensions are reckoned. This point may be considered as a star, though no star is, in fact, there; and, moreover, the point itself is liable to a certain slow variation, — so slow, however, as not to affect, perceptibly, the interval of any two of its successive returns to the meridian. This interval is called a sidereal day, and is divided into 24 sidereal hours, and these again into minutes and seconds. A clock which marks sidereal time, ie which goes uniformly at such a rate as always to...
Pàgina 131 - The Mean Obliquity of the Ecliptic at the beginning of the Year is taken 23°. 27'.
Pàgina 95 - Bin 3Af, where the periodical part, which is always to be added to the mean anomaly in order to get the true anomaly, is called the equation of the centre.

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