The Earth's Beginning

Роберт Стовелл Болл The Earth's Beginning
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2019 р.
Роберт Стовелл Болл
Project Gutenberg
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... with no power to resist for ever the law of gravitation which bids it fall to the earth. It therefore gradually sank downwards. Owing, however, to the great height to which it had been driven, owing to the impetuous nature of the current by which it was hurried along, and owing to the exceedingly minute particles of which it was composed, the act of sinking was greatly protracted. Not until two years after the original explosion had all the particles with which the air was charged by the great eruption finally subsided on the earth. At first there were some who refused to believe that the glory of the sunsets in London could possibly be due to a volcano in the Straits of Sunda, at a distance from England which was but little short of that of Australia. But the gorgeous phenomena in England were found to be simultaneous with similar phenomena in other places all round the earth. Once again the comparison of dates and other circumstances proved that Krakatoa was the cause of these exceptional and most interesting phenomena. Tennyson, ever true to nature, records the event in immortal verse--"Had the fierce ashes of some fiery peak Been hurled so high they ranged around the world, For day by day through many a blood-red eve The wrathful sunset glared." CHAPTER X. SPIRAL AND PLANETARY NEBULAE. A Substitute for History--Photograph of the Great Spiral taken at the Lick Observatory--Solar System Relations Unimportant--Chaotic Nebula;--Lord Rosse's Great Discovery--Dr. Roberts' Photographs--The Astonishing Discovery of Professor Keeler--The Perspective of the Spirals--The Spiral Nebulae are not Gaseous--The Spiral is a Nebula in an advanced Stage of Development--Character of the Great Nebula in Andromeda. In a great college in America...

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