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Document number: 3940
Date: 24 Sep 1839
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: AIRY George Biddell
Collection: Univ Cambridge University Library / Syndics / Cambridge
Collection number: RGO 6/203 f400
Last updated: 23rd March 2012

Royal Observatory Greenwich
1839 Sep 24

Dear Sir

The star whose place (approximately) you gave to me at the end of 1835 or the beginning of 1836 was, I believe, inadvertently omitted in our observing lists for 1836, and was so much in the way of others which we desired to clear off that it was not observed in 1837. In 1838 it was observed: its mean place for 1838 Jan 1 is as follows

R 5h 47m 0s.91, annual variation + 33.668

NPD 65o. 47’. 54”.87, annual variation + 1o.136

The star is the same as Bode 412 Youric

I am dear Sir Your Faithful servant
GB Airy

Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
&c &c &c

Mr Talbot <1> –Star for Halley’s Comet

Differences between “Flamstead’s Herelias and “Flamstead’s own Catalogue” for the stars


1. Remainder of the letter written in another hand, possibly as a cataloguing reference, at a later date.

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