Astronomical Information. From Punch's Almanack for 2417. Eclipses
Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery
Astronomy, Observation, Instruments, Lecturing, Amusement
Reports that the Royal Astronomical Society has 'succeeded in rectifying the globe', thus preventing further eclipses. Other changes effected in the cosmos include filling up the 'holes in the sun's path' with diamonds and pulling down zodiacal 'houses in opposition'. Notes the compensation sought by the 'street boys' who sold 'smoked glasses' to view eclipses, and John C Adams's use of fireworks instead of eclipses in his astronomical lectures.
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