William Herschel and The Planetary Nebulae

  title={William Herschel and The Planetary Nebulae},
  author={M. Hoskin},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={209 - 225}
  • M. Hoskin
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
At the close of the paper I give the location of half-a-dozen planetary nebulae, as I call them. These are celestial bodies of which as yet we have no clear idea and which are perhaps of a type quite different from those that we are familiar with in the heavens. I have already found four that have a visible diameter of between 15 and 30 seconds. These bodies appear to have a disk that is rather like a planet, that is to say, of equal brightness all over, round or somewhat oval, and about as… Expand
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  • W. Herschel
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
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