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Schroder's Obserxxitions on the rihcly-discovered Planets. 18 S

•ion and declination, hare been inserted by Mr. Harding in their proper places. The observations themselves, Mr. Schroeter defends, against eve^ry possible objection, especially against the measurements of Dr. Herscbel, which are in strong opposition to them, and finally deduces from then* . some general results which ih various respects are important and interesting.

Ceres, as well as the other two new Planets, were observed by the author chiefly with his 13 foot telescope, only tinder a magnifying power of 135 and 288 times. The observations go from the llth January to the 3d April, 1802, and to these some later ones made in December 1804; are added.

Pallas was first observed by the author on the 30th of March 1802, as a star of the 7th magnitude, of a dull and cloudy light, but somewhat Better circumscribed than Ceres. The first view of Pallas suggested the idea of her being a sister of Certs, and both seemed twin stars that had » planet for their father and a comet for their mother.

Juno, which Mr. Schroeter here terms Juno Georgica, (in honour of King George III.) was discovered by Mr. Charles Lewis Harding (now Professor of Gottingen, formerly Inspector of the Observatory at Lilfenthal, and assistant to Mr. Schroeter;) its discovery was not accidental, but the result of observations made expressly for the purpose. When in September 1800, during the stay of Messrs. Von Lach, Von Inde, and Olbers, at Lilienthal, the Astronomical Society of Lilienthal, of which Mr. Schroeter is President, was first established, and each Member had his particu. lar department in the Zodiac assigned him, which he was accurately to investigate, especially with a view to discover such unknown planets as it might still comprize, Mr. Harding had already sketched very accurate celestial charts of his department; while he was completing them, two members of the society, Piazzi and Olbers, the first in 1801, and the second in 1802, had each of them discovered a new planet; upon which he' endeavoured to bring these charts to the greatest possible perfection, particularly for that region in which the orbits of Ceres and of Pallas intersect, each other, and in which it appeared probable to Olbers that ether new planets were still to be discovered. •

With indefatigable attention, he therefore inserted in his charts even the. smallest stars, and his exertions were rewarded on the 1st of September 180i, by the discovery of Juno.

This planet was observed by Mr. Schroeter on the 6th of September 1804. Its appearance was sensibly different from that of Pallas and of Ceres; its light was mild and white, its disk circumscribed like those of planets, not resembling that of a comet. On the 9th of September its light was somewhat duller than on the 6th and 7th, yet without a nubecula; and consequently it also indicated an atmospheric change of light". On the 10th of September, its light was again a® dear and white as on the 6th and 7th; but three hours later, in the same evening, its light, according to Mr. Harding, was much duller. Mr. Schroeter has also repeatedly observed similar variations in Juno's light.

The inferences and general observations which the author deduces from his observations, refer partly to the true magnitude of these new planets, ;md partly to their atmospheric singularities and their relations to the Qther , jjanets of the system,. . • ."* .':.,. .' .. >

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