The Nineteenth-Century Spiral Nebula Whodunit

  title={The Nineteenth-Century Spiral Nebula Whodunit},
  author={T. Weekes},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • T. Weekes
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
The discovery of the first spiral nebula was a milestone in the history of astronomy, but the initial observations of it are shrouded in mystery. The discovery came within months of the commissioning of the Third Earl of Rosse’s very large 72-inch optical telescope at Birr Castle in the center of Ireland. Unfortunately, no observing records have survived, and while there is no doubt that the observations took place in the spring of 1845, there is some uncertainty as to whom was actually present… Expand
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