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#1 theApex

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:24 AM

Having coming across an article on Halley's Comet by renowned astronomer E.E. Barnard* in the June 1914 issue of The Astrophysical Journal, I was a bit surprised not by the fact that the 1910 apparition was not considered so great (specially in comparison to The Great Comet of 1910) but indeed by the passage:

"The great cities that have grown up since 1835, and the smoke
and electric lights of today completely robbed the comet of its
glory when seen by dwellers in and near the centers of population."

An obvious reference to LP not only from that period, but indeed from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution!

I wonder if anyone knows of any more reports on LP during those periods - which so far, I had no knowledge (but somehow suspected) of.




* For those unaware of it, the eponymous high-proper motion star was his discovery.

Edited by theApex, 04 October 2019 - 06:43 AM.

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#2 NigelR

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 12:51 PM

Thank you for the interesting 'trivia' - appreciated. 

 

Also like your signature line / comments.

 

Wishing you clear and dark skies wherever you are!


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 03:06 PM

Probably started the morning after he discovered alcohol......wink.gif


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 04:39 PM

In 1888, in his book "Astronomy With An Opera-Glass," Garrett Serviss wrote on page 39,

 "Always avoid the neighborhood of any bright light.  Electric lights in particular are an abomination to star-gazers."

                                                                              Marty


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#5 theApex

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:50 AM

In 1888, in his book "Astronomy With An Opera-Glass," Garrett Serviss wrote on page 39,
"Always avoid the neighborhood of any bright light. Electric lights in particular are an abomination to star-gazers."
Marty

Which only endorses our common wisdom that local LP is the one to be tackled first.

Though I meant records on urban light pollution, this is an interesting one nonetheless. Thank you.

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:54 AM

Probably started the morning after he discovered alcohol......wink.gif

I don't get it. (and I daresay others don't neither). Sorry!

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:57 AM

Also like your signature line / comments.

Wishing you clear and dark skies wherever you are!

It's good to see ppl actually bother reading it.
I just wanted to steer clear off the usual "mine is bigger than yours" sig.

Clear skies to you too!

Edited by theApex, 04 October 2019 - 06:59 AM.

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