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(Edward) Walter Maunder (12 April 1851 – 21 March 1928) used to be a British astronomer top remembered for his examine of sunspots and the sunlight magnetic cycle that resulted in his identity of the interval from 1645 to 1715 that's referred to now because the Maunder minimal.

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Are The Planets Inhabited?

(Edward) Walter Maunder (12 April 1851 – 21 March 1928) used to be a British astronomer top remembered for his learn of sunspots and the sun magnetic cycle that ended in his id of the interval from 1645 to 1715 that's referred to now because the Maunder minimal.

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Or a traveller going round the Earth at its equator would have to repeat the journey 3730 times before ; he had traversed a space equal to the Sun's distance. But knowing the Sun's distance, we are able to deduce its actual diameter, its superficial extent, and its volume, for its apparent diameter can readily be measured. Its actual diameter then comes out as 866,400 miles, or 109-4 times that of the Earth. Its surface exceeds that of the Earth its volume, 1,310,000 times. 11,970 times But the weight of the Sun is known as well as its size this follows as a consequence of gravitation.

This, to the eye, certainly looks like a definite shell, but some theorists have been so impressed with the difficulty of conceiving that a gaseous body like the Sun could, under the conditions of such stupendous temperatures as there exist, have any defined limit at all, that they deny that what we see on the Sun is a real boundary, and argue that it only appears so to us through thr effects of the anomalous refraction or dispersion of light. Such theories introduce difficulties greater and more numerous than those that they clear away, and they are not generally accepted by practical observers of the Sun.

Could we do so, however, we should find that the barometer had fallen to seven and a half inches that the second ascent of three and a third miles had brought us through half the rethree miles high, so that in ; ; maining atmosphere, so that only one-fourth still remained above us. In the celebrated balloon ascent made by Mr. Coxwell and Mr. Glaisher on September 5, 1861, an even greater height was attained, and it was estimated that the barometer fell at its lowest reading to seven inches, which would correspond to a height of 39,000 feet.

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