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Reference numberMS/257/2/294
Alternative reference numberSa.676
Previous numbersES2/52/676
LevelItem
TitleLetter from John Frederick William Herschel, Collingwood to [Thomas Romney] Robinson
Date21 August 1869
DescriptionHerschel thanks Robinson for his ‘notice of the first performances of the [great] Melbourne telescope’. Discusses the results and observations from the ‘powerful’ instrument, and notes there can be no doubt that the ‘nebula is unconnected with the stars’ and it is ‘almost certain that it is interposed between us and them as a cast cosmical cloud’. Refers to the telescope giving a ‘new conception of the nature and part played in creation by the nebulae in general’. Refers to a lithograph or photozincograph should be sent ‘home’ by Mr [Robert Lewi John] Ellery and [Adolphus Albert] Le Sueur. Herschel looks forward to [Ellery and Le Sueur’s] report regarding ‘the present state of magellanic clouds’ and ‘looped nebula 30 doradus’. Herschel refers not being able to attend any meetings due to health reasons.
Extent4p
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8238Herschel; Sir; John Frederick William (1792 - 1871); astronomer1792 - 1871
NA2440Robinson; Thomas Romney (1792 - 1882)1792 - 1882
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