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Paper, 'Note on the photographic spectra of Uranus and Saturn' by William Huggins and [Margaret Lindsay] Huggins

Reference number: PP/14/19

Date: 1889

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The authors write: 'In 1871 I had the honour to communicate to the Royal Society an account of the examination of the visible spectrum of Uranus ['Note on the spectrum of Uranus and the spectrum of comet I., 1871', Proceedings of the Royal Society, volume 19]. The visible spectrum of this planet is remarkable, as it is seen to be crossed by several strong lines of absorption. Six of these dark bands are shown in a diagram which accompanies the paper, and their approximate positions in the spectrum are given. The spaces between the dark bands appear bright by contrast, and might suggest at first sight bright bands. I was unable to use a slit sufficiently narrow to enable me to determine whether the bright parts of the spectrum contain the Fraunhofer lines, which would be the case if Uranus, like the other planets, shines by reflected solar light.'

Annotations in pencil and ink.

Subject: Astronomy / Spectroscopy

Received 5 June 1889. Read 6 June 1889.

A version of this paper was published in volume 46 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Note on the photographic spectra of Uranus and Saturn'.

Reference number
PP/14/19
Earliest possible date
1889
Physical description
Ink and graphite pencil on paper
Page extent
5 pages
Format
Manuscript

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Paper, 'Note on the photographic spectra of Uranus and Saturn' by William Huggins and [Margaret Lindsay] Huggins, 1889, PP/14/19, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/pp_14_19/paper-note-on-the-photographic-spectra-of-uranus-and-saturn-by-william-huggins-and-margaret-lindsay-huggins, accessed on 26 February 2024

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