1. On the Occulation of the Star 103 Tauri. (B. A. C. 1572.). release_6zbyh6weofawlj2ss34qu46dp4

by Edward Sang

Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Cambridge University Press (CUP).

1880   Volume 10, p546-548


An occultation of a star, though not appealing to ordinary observation with the same force, is intrinsically an event as striking as an eclipse of the sun. It establishes the fact of the moon's proximity. Were it not that the moon's brightness overpowers the light of the small stars, occultations would be commonplace phenomena. As things are, we can watch, with the eye unaided, the eclipses of the planets and larger stars, not down, perhaps, to below the third magnitude; and the rarity of such conspicuous objects makes the occultations correspondingly rare.
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