Astronomy (February 2016)

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In Longitude, Dava Sobel chronicles the world's quest to tame time. In 1714, the English Parliament handed the longitude act. It verified the Board of Longitude and provided a prize of 20,000 kilos to an individual who might discover a easy and useful process for the fitting choice of a ship's longitude. specifically Sobel highlights John Harrison's pursuit of the prize. She lines the arc of his profession, and information the recommendations of every of his next entries (H1-H5) regrettably, although his Chronometers many times proved their worthy in Sea trial after sea trial, and the watch fast won adherents between sea captains, Harrison used to be thwarted at each flip in his try and declare the prize. Jealous opponents at the board used their effect to alter the foundations of the competition a number of occasions. His family with the board grew to become so acrimonious that finally his associates went over the board's head and appealed on to the King himself. George III requested exact act of Parliament be handed and Harrison ultimately acquired his prize.

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0 barred spiral NGC 3185 resides 11' southwest of NGC 3190. 9 spiral NGC 3187 sits 5' to the west-northwest of NGC 3190. Even through a large scope, you won’t pull much detail out of these two objects. 9 NGC 3193, which lies 6' to the northeast of NGC 3190. A. Dec. Mag. A. 0); Dec. 0); Size is for deep-sky objects; Separation is for double stars; BS = Barred spiral galaxy; Dbl = Double star; DSG = Dwarf spheroidal galaxy; E = Elliptical galaxy; S = Spiral galaxy and a thin halo. This galaxy is the group’s brightest member.

Experiments in low gravity (on the International Space Station and in drop towers) tend to show the weak corals smashing each other up rather than growing. It may be that collisions at the speeds in protoplanetary disks — remembering Earth goes around the Sun at 19 miles (30 kilometers) per second! — are so fast that the corals are partially crushed into something more compacted, even if some of the branches do fly off. Other forces probably help too. Farther out than Earth’s orbit, icy coatings can settle on the particles from gas in the disk.

Bakich is an Astronomy senior editor who will be hosting a huge free public eclipsewatching event at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri, on August 21, 2017. Leo contains many fine galaxies, five of which made Messier’s list. 0, shines brighter than any Messier galaxy except M66. Why this bright, easily seen celestial wonder lacks a common name is a mystery to me. Although NGC 2903 is a bright barred spiral, you won’t see much detail through a telescope with an aperture smaller than 8 inches.

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