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By Alexander von von Humboldt, Nicolaas A. Rupke

The first quantity of Cosmos, his five-volume survey of the universe, seemed in 1845, notwithstanding Humboldt had worked at the whole paintings for almost part a century. He scrupulously despatched sections of the paintings to different specialists for feedback and corrections. The final quantity, prepare from his notes after his loss of life, seemed in 1861. The volumes have been translated virtually as speedily as they seemed. This paperback version reprints the Harper & Brothers variation, released in ny in 1858-59.

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The IAU decided that “Scorpius” was the more correct name, relegating “Scorpio” to a moniker now used exclusively by astrologers. S. 7 The IAU evidently decided against standardizing pronunciations when it defined the modern constellations because the linguistic issue was not considered pressing as was the issue of variable star names. Delporte’s Pilot Study (1923–1925) With a list of constellations and their abbreviations in hand from the First General Assembly, the Belgian National Astronomical Committee took up the issue of constellation boundaries in 1923, commissioning Eugène Delporte to study the problem and propose 6 Schlesinger (1871–1943) was an American astronomer among the first to rely primarily on the use of photographic plates rather than traditional visual observations to collect data for research.

0. 2 The apparent path of the north celestial pole through the sky during one complete period of precession. ” Two coordinate origins are shown: one for the position of the pole in AD 2000 near the star Polaris (top) and another at the “pole” of precession itself in the constellation Draco (center). 5 boundaries of the constellation. However, precession causes both the boundaries and the stars contained within them to shift with respect to the poles and the equator. By the time of IAU Commission 3—nearly fifty years after Gould’s chosen equinox—slight changes in the positions of stars and constellation boundaries were noticeable on ordinary star maps and atlases.

The constellation boundary controversy was among the issues taken up at the first IAU General Assembly. EUGÉNE DELPORTE, ARBITER OF THE HEAVENS Eugéne Joseph Delporte was born on 10 January 1882 in Jodoigne, a municipality in the majority French-speaking Walloon Brabant province of southern Belgium. He was educated at the University of Brussels, receiving his doctorate in physics and mathematics (with honors) in 1903. The same year, he became a volunteer assistant at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Uccle, obtaining an appointed assistant position in 1904.

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