Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)
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Thursday, January 1
This night in 1801, 55-year-old monk Giuseppe Piazzi, was quietly contemplating the night sky and updating catalogs when he noticed a puzzling starlike point not on Lacaille’s list. He wrote: “The light was a little faint, and of the color of Jupiter, but similar to many others which generally are reckoned of the eighth magnitude.” A discovery on the ecliptic plane was exciting. Could this be the fabled “lost planet?” Piazzi carefully noted its position for later confirmation. Although you might have a clue that the object was an asteroid, Piazzi did not!
KeywordsGlobular Cluster Ecliptic Plane Bright Star Meteor Shower Small Telescope
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