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Revolutionaries of the CosmosThe Astro-Physicists$
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Ian Glass

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.001.0001

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WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

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(p.117) 5 WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
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Revolutionaries of the Cosmos
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I.S. GLASS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0005

This chapter investigates the life of William Huggins and his wife Margaret and their major role in the development of astrophysics, especially in the analysis of starlight. It discusses William's life after his father got seriously ill and how he was able to pursue his interest in microscopy and astronomy. It explains that Huggins's greatest discovery occurred late in 1864 during his work on the so-called ‘nebulae’. It also discusses his work on the ‘Nova’ or stellar outburst, comets, solar eclipse, nebulium, and the radial motion of the stars. It narrates Huggins's experience as a witness at a séance. This chapter also describes the last years of the couple.

Keywords:   William Huggins, astrophysics, starlight, nebulae, nebulium, solar eclipse

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