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The Proposed Change in the Astronomical Day

Naturevolume 32page523 (1885) | Download Citation



IN your account of the proceedings at the recent meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft at Geneva (NATURE, vol. xxxii. p. 517) Dr. Struve is reported to have stated “that in the Royal Astronomical Society the majority were in favour of the universal day.” There appears to be some mistake here: the Royal Astronomical Society as a body has not expressed any opinion on the subject. And, judging from the individual expressions of opinion which have been published, I should imagine that here, as at Geneva, the majority of real workers in our science (with the probable exception of those engaged on solar work) would be opposed to the proposed change. But how the majority of the Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society could vote on the question it is impossible to say. My desire that a wrong impression on this subject, arising from a statement reported to have been made by such a high authority as Dr. Struve, should not be spread abroad, must be my excuse for trespassing thus far on your space.

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