The Moon

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    IN this latest work on the moon, from the pen of one of the foremost of British selenographers, the most noteworthy feature is the excellent chart, eighteen inches in diameter; this is given in four quadrants, but it can also be obtained complete and separately. All the named formations are distinctly shown, and the names of the more important are very clearly printed on the map itself. The greater part of the text resolves itself into a descriptive index to the map; but though this appears in rather stereotyped fashion, it embodies a good deal of information which has been gleaned by the author during many years of observation. An introduction of forty pages deals with lunar phenomena generally, and includes numerous hints which will be of use to the observer. Mr. Elger objects most emphatically to our satellite being spoken of as a changeless world, and justifies his position by stating that volcanic outbursts, producing mountains as large as the Monte Nuovo, might occur in many parts of the moon without the world being any the wiser. Though possessing little of novelty, and not appealing to the general reader, the book and map together constitute a handy work of reference which observers of experience, as well as beginners, will be glad to have by them. A few details as to the phenomena to be observed during eclipses of the moon, might have been included with advantage.

    The Moon.

    By T. Gwyn Elger Pp. 174. (London: George Philip and Son, 1895.)

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    The Moon. Nature 52, 127 (1895) doi:10.1038/052127a0

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