Lowell Observatory Photographs of the Planets 1

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    THE pictures which I have the honour of showing to night represent the results of the new planetary photography originated at Flagstaff in 1903–5, and now beginning to be successfully copied elsewhere, notably this last summer by M. le Comte de la Baume Pluvinel and M. Baldet in France, who from the summit of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre succeeded themselves in getting imprints of the canals of Mars. Although the method was originally designed to exhibit the markings of what is practically our nearest neighbour in space, it has since been applied to the other planets with an outcome as surprising as it is satisfactory. Little details which one would not have supposed could sit still long enough for their pictures to be taken stand out unmistakably on the plates, the faint equatorial wisps of Jupiter offering a good example of such tractability, though by no means the most remarkable.

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    Lowell Observatory Photographs of the Planets 1 . Nature 83, 472–475 (1910). https://doi.org/10.1038/083472c0

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