Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Astronomy in Yorkshire # 5 March 31st 1844 Astronomy Lecture at the Yorkshire Museum

Astronomy in Yorkshire # 5 March 31st 1844 Astronomy Lecture at the Yorkshire Museum

According to the local newspapers:-

Mr W L Newman esq one of the curators of the Yorkshire Philiosophical Society delievered a lecture on Ancient Astronomy, the first of a series of astronomy talks presented in the theatre of the society's mueum.

The images were shown by means of an oxyhydrogen microscope operated and constructed by Mr Cooke the optician of the city.

William Newman was the first curator of the York Observatory in 1840, and Mr Cooke is of course Thomas Cooke the telescope maker.

A oxyhydrogen microscope is a form of microscope arranged so as to use the light produced by burning lime or limestone by either pumping it from a container or under a current of oxyhydrogen gas.

I assume today this would fail just about every health and safety rule there is, and of course by producing limelight is a term that would be used in the theatrical world i.e. stepping into the limelight.

Not showing an astronomical image!!




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