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Curiosities of the Sky

Garrett Putman Serviss

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“Astronomy is known as the oldest of the sciences, and it will be the longest-lived because it will always have arcana that have not been penetrated.”-Excerpt from the Preface of Curiosities of the Sky by Garrett Serviss

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. . .e, nevertheless, abundant in the broader half of the Milky Way which he designates as the front of the gigantic ``plough'' supposed to be forcing its way through the enveloping chaos. In and around the Sagittarius region the intermingling of nebulæ and galactic star clouds and clusters is particularly remarkable. That there is a causal connection no thoughtful person can doubt. We are unable to get away from the evidence that a nebula is like a seed-ground from which stars spring forth; or we may say that nebulæ resemble clouds in whose bosom raindrops are forming. The wonderful aspect of the admixtures of nebulæ and star-clusters in Sagittarius has been described in Chapter 1. We now come to a still more extraordinary phenomenon of this kind -- the Pleiades nebulæ.

The group of the Pleiades, although lying outside the main course of the Galaxy, is connected with it by a faint lo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great read for an interesting perspective on our state of astronomical knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century. While reading the section on the theory of life on Mars for example, I was able to catch a glimpse of what the general population must have thought about living so close to a sup...more

Interesting perspective of what was know about the universe in 1909.

You will not believe this book was written about 100 years ago. Amazing!
I just enjoy the language used at this time (early 1900s)

10 OUT OF 10

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