Saturday, 10 March 2012

Solar System Diagrams

Solar System diagrams from First Principles of Theosophy by C.Jinaradasa, published in 1923.

The planet Vulcan  is included in both diagrams.
In Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of beneficial and hindering fire, including the fire of Volcanoes.

The planet was first seen by Edmond Modeste Lescarbault.

'Lescarbault described in detail how, on 26 March 1859, he noticed a small black dot on the face of the Sun which he was studying with his modest 3.75 inches (95 mm) refractor. Thinking it to be a sunspot, Lescarbault was not at first surprised, but after some time had passed he realized that it was moving. Having observed the transit of Mercury in 1845, he guessed that what he was observing was another transit, but of a previously undiscovered body. He took some hasty measurements of its position and direction of motion, and using an old clock and a pendulum with which he took his patients’ pulses, he estimated the duration of the transit at 1 hour, 17 minutes and 9 seconds.
Le Verrier (the French mathematician )  thought he was satisfied that Lescarbault had seen the transit of a previously unknown planet. On 2 January 1860 he announced the discovery of Vulcan to a meeting of the Académie des Sciences in Paris. Lescarbault, for his part, was awarded the Légion d'honneur and invited to appear before numerous learned societies.'

More Vulcan Information.  

A Vulcan Documentary.

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