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A search for a planet beyond Neptune. By William H. Pickering, assistant professor of astronomy in the Observatory

by William Henry Pickering, 1858-1938, astronomer

A search for a planet beyond Neptune. By William H. Pickering, assistant professor of astronomy in the Observatory by William Henry Pickering, 1858-1938, astronomer - 1909

A search for a planet beyond Neptune. By William H. Pickering, assistant professor of astronomy in the Observatory

by William Henry Pickering, 1858-1938, astronomer

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  • Paperback
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First edition (only edition), describing "Perturbations at present unexplained, indicating the existence of a trans-neptunian planet having a mass twice that of the Earth" (Annals 75.2 [1913] 240). -- Pluto was discovered in 1930, but Pickering's work suggested a large group of bodies. Recent studies have indeed discovered two groups of asteroid-like objects beyond Neptune. -- -- Collation: Quarto (299 x 247 mm, 11¾ x 9¾ inches): Fifty-six leaves, paginated [109]-162 [163-164 blank], complete as issued. Diagrams, charts, tables. Binding: Printed wrappers, as issued. Condition: Remarkably fine, as shown. (Series: Annals of the astronomical observatory of Harvard College [1855- ] volume 61, part 2.) -- References: W. G. Hoyt "W. H. Pickering's planetary predictions and the discovery of Pluto", Isis 69 (1978) 551-64; P. M. Sadler "William Pickering's search for a planet beyond Neptune", Journal for the history of astronomy 21 (1990) 59-64; Sotheran 2064246n.
  • Bookseller Jay Dillon Rare Books + Manuscripts US (US)
  • Format/Binding Printed wrappers, as issued
  • Book condition Used
  • Binding Paperback
  • Publisher Cambridge (Massachusetts): Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College, 1909
  • Place of Publication Cambridge (Massachusetts)
  • Date Published 1909
  • Keywords Pluto planet
  • Size Quarto (299 x 247 mm, 11¾ x 9¾ inches)