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curiosity and terror. What a contrast is at once presented to the mind, the beauty and simplicity of infancy, and the querulousness and decrepitude of age. A flourishing, populous, extensive empire witnesses one of these splendid bodies shaking its tresses as it passes onwards to the realms of space; it completes its revolution of centuries, it returns,—the empire has decayed, the name scarcely remembered, it exists only on the page of history. A comet proceeds on its awful course of thousands of years, and glancing by a bright and beautiful world, visits realms beyond the reach of thought; it wheels its car homewards, and misses this bright and beautiful world from the system, or meets only with its chaotic and scattered fragments !
Though vast to the finite mind—these numbers, periods, and distances,—what are they, but a drop in the ocean of infinity !-a point in the abyss of eternal duration ! On the vast scale of eternity and the broad region of interminable extent, what are thousands of years, and millions of wandering bodies—but the duration of the splendour of a dew-drop before it is exhaled ! There is time for all these movements in the countless ages of eternity, and there is space for all these revolutions in the ample dominions of the universe of God.
SUN'S RISING AND SETTING, RIGHT ASCENSION,
DECLINATION, AND EQUATION OF TIME.
NO V E MB E R.
SOLAR PHENOMENA. The sun enters Sagittarius at 24 min. after 6 of the morning of the 22nd of this month.
Phases of the Moon.
Noon. Conjunctions of the Moon with the Planets and Stars. November 1st, with Uranus..........at morning.
1st, d in Capricornus .. 7 night. Jupiter....
11 7th, u in Cetus
10 9th, Mars.....
11 morning. in Gemini.
8 13th, din Cancer
Midnight. 17th, .. Saturn
11 morning. 23rd, Mercury
7 evening. Venus
2 morning. Uranus
PHENOMENA PLANETARUM. Mercury in aphelion on the 8th of this month. Greatest south latitude on the 28th
Venus in conjunction with 39 in Ophiuchus on the 12th, difference of latitude 2'. In aphelion on the 19th.
Phases of Venus. The following are the proportions of the bright and dark phases of this planet: November 1st. Illuminated disc = 10.8663
Dark part. ..... 1.1337 Mars in his ascending node at 3 in the morning of the 2nd. In conjunction with 1 A, in Taurus, at 3 in the afternoon of the 13th. The conjunction of Mars with this star, 17th March, 1831, if not an occultation, was a very close appulse. (See T. T., March, 1831.) The planet was traced to within a minute distance of the star, and at 15 min. after 11, at night, the star disappeared, and continued invisible for about three minutes : the proximity of Mars, to the vapours of the horizon, rendered the edge of the disc rather confused, notwithstanding which, the impression is that the star was occulted.
Mars in opposition to the sun at 30 min. after 3 of the afternoon of the 20th. The planet will be beautifully situated south of the Pleiades.
Vesta, 4th day. Right Ascension, 14 3. S. Declin. 7° 21' 12th
8 46 20th
10 8 28th
His. Min. Juno,
4th day. Right Ascension, 13 40. S. Declin. 5° 8' 12th
5 53 20th
6 35 28th
7 13 Pallas, 4th
13 30 12th
14 14 20th
14 44 28th
15 1 Ceres, 4th
2 36. N. Declin. 3 54 12th
3 47 20th
3 47 28th
3 56 Jupiter stationary on the 13th. Eclipses of the Satellites of Jupiter.
EMERSIONS. First satellite, 2nd day, at 25 min. 54 sec. after 6 evening.
6 evening. Second satellite, 17th
9 Third satellite. 17th
IMMERSION. Third satellite, 24th day, at 8 min. 27 sec. after 7 evening.
SATURN'S RING. The ring of Saturn is still invisible, excepting under the circumstances specified in the Ast. Occ. for September.
Uranus in quadrature at 45 min. after 1 of the morning of the 7th.
Sphere of the Fixed Stars. Pisces. This zodiacal constellation is bounded on