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Paper, 'On the spectrum, visible and photographic, of the great nebula in Orion' by William Huggins and [Margaret Lindsay] Huggins

Reference number: PP/14/4

Date: 1889

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William Huggins writes: 'I have added the name of Mrs Huggins to the title of the paper, because she has not only assisted generally in the work, but has repeated independently the delicate observations made by eye. In the year 1882 I had the honour to lay before the Royal Society a note on the photographic spectrum of this nebula [see PP/1/35], in which I described a new bright line in the ultra-violet, to which I gave a wave-length of about 3730. In addition to this new line, the lines of hydrogen, Hβ and Hγ, which I had discovered by eye in my early observations on the visible spectrum, were to be seen upon the plate.'

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout. Includes one page of diagrams of the spectrum of the Orion nebula.

Subject: Astronomy / Spectroscopy

Received 11 April 1889. Read 2 May 1889.

A version of this paper was published in volume 46 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the spectrum, visible and photographic, of the great nebula in Orion'.

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PP/14/4
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1889
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Ink and graphite pencil on paper
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44 pages
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William Huggins, Paper, 'On the spectrum, visible and photographic, of the great nebula in Orion' by William Huggins and [Margaret Lindsay] Huggins, 1889, PP/14/4, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/pp_14_4/paper-on-the-spectrum-visible-and-photographic-of-the-great-nebula-in-orion-by-william-huggins-and-margaret-lindsay-huggins, accessed on 25 February 2024

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