Mars Sketches from the 1930's
Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:19 PM
Mars in 2009–2010 - an interim report
Posted 06 March 2010 - 02:37 AM
Impressive images and sketches at the Mars section of the BAA.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:32 AM
Posted 06 March 2010 - 12:28 PM
Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:32 PM
I agree that it is very interesting to compare our own observations with those made by observers in the past. The BAA Mars observers of the 1930's were very talented as well as other observers of other nationalities. I aspire to be an observer as thorough as past observers.
A famous astronomer that I admire greatly was the Franco-Turkish astronomer Eugene Michel Antoniadi (1870-1944). Antoniaidi made some of the finest observations of Mars by any observer. He was able to disprove the canal observations made by Percival Lowell using instruments such as the Grande Lunette refractor of the Paris (Meudon) Observatory (although Lowell did much to advance planetary observation (e.g. observing sites, observing and imaging techniques, redshift). Antoniadi began his observing career using a modest 4.25-inch (10.8-cm) refractor and finishing it with the impressive Meudon Observatory 33-inch (83-cm) refractor. Richard McKim (BAA Mars Director) wrote an excellent article on Antoniadi (see below).
http://articles.adsa...000164.000.html (Part 1of the McKim article)
http://articles.adsa...JBAA..103..219M (Part 2)
http://www.uapress.a...mars/chap09.htm (section of excellent book on Mars by William Sheehan concerning the observations of Antoniadi)
Thank you for pointing out these interesting observations.
Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:06 PM
Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:28 PM