William Herschel and the Nebulae, Part 2: 1785–1818

@article{Hoskin2011WilliamHA,
  title={William Herschel and the Nebulae, Part 2: 1785–1818},
  author={M. Hoskin},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={2011},
  volume={42},
  pages={321 - 338}
}
  • M. Hoskin
  • Published 2011
  • History, Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
When William Herschel sent to the Royal Society his 1784 paper on the construction of the heavens, he was still of the opinion that there were true nebulae to be found alongside those that were simply distant “star clusters in disguise” (as he later put it), and he had persuaded himself that observers could tell the difference: true nebulae shone with a milky appearance, while star clusters disguised by distance appeared mottled, ‘resolvable’. But, as we saw in Part 1, he soon after came across… Expand
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