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Identifier: astronomyforamat00flam
Title: Astronomy for amateurs
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Flammarion, Camille, 1842-1925 Welby, Frances A. (Frances Alice) tr
Subjects: Astronomy
Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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m-merce, and of thieves. One only sees him furtively,from time to time, at the periods of his greatest elonga-tions, either after the setting or before the rising of theradiant orb, when he presents the aspect of a somewhatreddish star. This planet, like the others, shines only by the re-flection of the Sun whose illumination he receives, andas he is in close juxtaposition with it, his light is brightenough, though his volume is inconsiderable. He issmaller than the Earth. His revolution round the Sunbeing accomplished in about three months, he passesrapidly, in a month and a half, from one side to theother of the orb of day, and is alternately a morningand an evening star. The ancients originally regardedit as two separate planets; but with attentive obser- 114 THE PLANETS vation, they soon perceived its identity. In our some-what foggy cHmates, it can only be discovered once ortwice a year, and then only by looking for it accordingto the indications given in the astronomic almanacs.

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Co; days Fig. 32.—Orbits of the four Planets nearest to the Sun. Mercury courses round the Sun at a distance of57,000,000 kilometers (35,000,000 miles), and accom-plishes his revolution in 87 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes;t. e., 2 months, 27 days, 23 hours, or a little less thanthree of our months. If the conditions of life are the9 115 ASTRONOMY FOR AMATEURS same there as here, the existence of the Mercuriansmust be four times as short as our own. A youth oftwenty, awaking to the promise of the Hfe he is justbeginning in this world, is an octogenarian in Mercury. xjcars /Neptune

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Image from page 574 of “Popular science monthly” (1872)
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Identifier: popularsciencemo89newyuoft
Title: Popular science monthly
Year: 1872 (1870s)
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Subjects: Science
Publisher: New York : D. Appleton
Contributing Library: Gerstein – University of Toronto
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The thieves substitute new hcense platesand a new serial number on the engineto satisfy the suspicious traffic police stop the car, the courteous gentlemenwho are ridinj; in it will present an identi-fication card to corresjiond with the newlicense plates. They p(jint to the serialnumber on the engine. Is it not differ-ent from that of the stolencar? And so, they rideaway safely, unless theofficer is unusuallyastute and per-sistent. Sometimesyour thiefdrives in ,imotor- t r u I- kalongside anc m p t >• auto-mobile, hitchesthe two vehi-cles together,and tows theau t omol) i 1 eaway as if itwere di.sabled.Such obstaclesas chain-locksare inconscciuential tritles. Sharp wire-cutters end the usefulness of all smallchains. Again, if the ignition system of a caris locked, the knights of the road quicklyinstall one of their own temporarily. If

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the gasoline tank is locked, it is a simphmatter to syphon enough gasoline froma beer jjail into the carburetor for a shortrun into a different locality. One band of enterprising automobilethieves eventuall> captured in Kentuckystole forty-seven Ford cars in New Yorktity within six montlis. They special-ized on doctors cars, becau.se theyrealized that when a doctor paid a callhe usually lelt his car standing unguardedfor a half hour at least, unless heliajipeneil to have a chauffeur or a guest in!iis car, in which case, of course, it wassafe from the thieves. Many manufacturers of high-pricedautomobiles stamp in some inconspicu-ous place identification numbers upon apermanent, immovable steel [)art andthen paint over the nimibers. Whendoubt arises as to the ownership of thecar, the paint is scraped off and theowners identity revealed instantly byconsulting the sales record of themanufacturer or selling agent. A New Gasoline-Motor-DrivenRoad Roller THE old-fashioned steam-roller, wi

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