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Reference numberPT/73/6/18
LevelItem
TitleDrawing, figure representing stars in the Milky Way, by William Herschel
Date1817
DescriptionPlate 15 figure 2 from the paper "Astronomical observations and experiments tending to investigate the local arrangement of the celestial bodies in space, and to determine the extent an condition of the Milky Way", by William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.107 (1817), pp.302-331. This simple figure of a circle (all naked eye stars) between two parallel lines (the breadth of the Milky Way) is Herschel's demonstration that all visible stars are within the plane and therefore belong to our galaxy. The work is inscribed with publication and plate details and a partially visible pencil note "To be reduced. . " Not signed. Royal Society stamp verso.
Extent1 item
FormatPencil
Physical descriptionOn paper.
Dimensions230x191mm.
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8060Herschel; Sir; William (1738 - 1822); astronomer1738 - 1822
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