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Reference numberCLP/8ii/74
LevelItem
TitlePaper, account of observations of the late solar eclipse made at Edinburgh on 18 February 1737 by Sir John Clerk
Date[1737]
DescriptionClerk describes how observations of the eclipse were made from multiple points within 10 miles of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Observations were made by skilled individuals, including Professor of mathematics Colin Mac Laurin, and synchronised by use of canon blasts. The intention of the observations was 'to assist in ascertaining the motions of the moon, on Sir Isaac Newton's theory, upon which a good deal of the doctrine of the longitude will depend'.

Communicated to the Royal Society by Roger Gale

Printed in Philosophical Transactions in 'A collection of observations of the solar eclipse, Feb. 18. 1736-7. Sent to the Royal Society'

Subject: Astronomy / Solar
LanguageEnglish
Extent1p
FormatManuscript
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1737.0034
Printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 40, no 447, p 195
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA7073Clerk; Sir; John (1676 - 1755)1676 - 1755
NA2848Gale; Roger (1672 - 1744)1672 - 1744
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