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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time

Anyone alive within the eighteeth century could have identified that "the logitude problem" was once the thorniest clinical obstacle of the day--and were for hundreds of years. missing the facility to degree their longitude, sailors during the nice a while of exploration were actually misplaced at sea once they overpassed land. millions of lives, and the expanding fortunes of countries, held on a resolution.

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These make up the dagger or sword of Orion. The object in the middle is one of the most famous objects in the sky, the Great Nebula in Orion. Extending a line through the stars of the belt towards the right or east we reach Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Extending the line in the other direction we find Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. Total eclipse of the Moon The lunar eclipse occurs on the night of Saturday 10 December and is visible from beginning to end throughout Australia and New Zealand.

This is giant star with a surface temperature somewhat cooler than the Sun yet intrinsically hundreds of times brighter. Aldebaran is the brightest star in a group of stars forming an inverted ‘v’ shape in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. Apart from Aldebaran, the stars of the group are part of a cluster of stars called the Hyades, which lie 150 light years away. Looking south we find that the Southern Cross, known as Crux to astronomers, is lying on its side in the south-east. The two pointer stars are below, pointing upwards to the Cross.

In the south the Southern Cross or Crux is lying on its side in the south-east with the two pointer stars below. D IA R Y F O R F EB R UA R Y 2 0 1 2 8 Wednesday Full Moon 8:54 am 15 Wednesday Last quarter 4:04 am 22 Wednesday New Moon 9:35 am 2012 AUSTRALASIAN SKY GUIDE 45 Planets in the evening twilight Venus and Jupiter are joined by Mars in the evening sky. Venus is low in the west, moving from Aquarius into Pisces after the first few days of the month. On 25 February a thin crescent Moon is below and to the left or south of the planet, while on the next evening it is to the right or north.

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