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*          ELEKTRONISCHE MITTEILUNGEN ZUR ASTRONOMIEGESCHICHTE            *
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*          Herausgegeben vom Arbeitskreis Astronomiegeschichte            *
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*                        Nr. 42,  21. Juli 1999                           *
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*           Redaktion: Wolfgang R. Dick <wdi@potsdam.ifag.de>             *
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Inhalt
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1. The LeRoy E. Doggett Prize

2. Ausstellung  "125 Jahre Astronomie in Potsdam"

3. Peter D. Hingley: Exhibitions in Britain for the 1999 Total Eclipse

4. Exhibitions

5. Conference Announcement: Giordano Bruno and our Epoch

6. Tagung 1999

7. Neue Buecher

Danksagung

Impressum

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The LeRoy E. Doggett Prize
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(Aus: Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy, No. 37, July 13,
1999, Item 2)


Nominations are requested for the second LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for
Historical Astronomy, to be awarded in January 2000. The prize is awarded
biennially either for a publication (within the past 6 years) that
significantly illuminates the history of astronomy, or for a long-term
contribution that has significantly influenced the field of the history of
astronomy. Nominations are not limited to HAD or AAS members. Nominations
for the first cycle two years ago are automatically carried over to this
second cycle. Send new nominations to David.DeVorkin@nasm.si.edu -
nominations should include a cover letter of not more than two to three
pages, as well as appropriate supporting materials (CV of nominee,
supporting letters by co-nominators, book reviews, etc.).
Nomination deadline: August 15, 1999.

The HAD Prize Committee (David DeVorkin, Chair)

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Ausstellung  "125 Jahre Astronomie in Potsdam"
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Aus Anlass des 125. Jubilaeums der Gruendung des Astrophysikalischen
Observatoriums Potsdam (AOP) auf dem Telegrafenberg am 1.7.1874
praesentiert die "Galerie des Universums" in Potsdam eine Ausstellung mit
dem Titel "125 Jahre Astronomie in Potsdam", die die Bedeutung der
Potsdamer Forschungen auf dem Gebiet der Astronomie und Astrophysik
deutlich machen soll.

Wissenschaftliche Forschung hat immer auch einen historischen Bezug. Das
gilt ebenso fuer die astronomische und astrophysikalische Forschung, die
eine lange Verbindung zur Kulturentwicklung der Menschheit aufweist.
Deshalb lassen sich die Arbeiten in einer bestimmten Epoche und an einem
Ort in gesellschaftliche Zusammenhaenge einordnen. So kann die Bedeutung
dieser Arbeiten besser verstanden werden.

Deshalb waehlt die Ausstellung fuer die Darstellung der Potsdamer
Astronomie den Weg der Einordnung in die Entwicklung eines
Gesamtweltbildes vom Kosmos.

Nach einer Einfuehrung:

- Allgemeine Information ueber Gruendung, Zielstellung und Arbeitsgebiete
  des AOP unter Einbeziehung einer Praesentation von in Potsdam taetigen
  Astronomen mit einschlaegigen Kurzinformationen

vermittelt die Exposition grundlegende Informationen zu den Themen

- Sonnensystem
- Sterne und unsere Galaxis
- Galaxien und Galaxienhaufen bzw. grossraeumige Strukturen
- Entwicklung des Weltbildes und Kosmologie

In diesem Kontext wird verwiesen auf die Beitraege der Potsdamer Astronomie
- darunter auch bisher kaum bekannte und noch zu wenig gewuerdigte - zum
breitgefaecherten Spektrum der Astrophysik sowie auf die wissenschaftliche
Bedeutung der hier geleisteten Forschung.

Die Ausstellung ist vom 2. Juli bis zum 19. September 1999 in den Raeumen
des Museumshauses in der Hermann-Elflein-Str. 3, 14467 Potsdam, zu sehen.
(geoeffnet Di - So von 10.00 - 17.00 Uhr, sowie jeden ersten Montag im
Monat).

Besucherservice und Fuehrungen:
Potsdam-Museum: Direktion, Tel. (0331) 2896600,
                Abt. Geschichte, Tel. (0331) 2896801
Galerie des Universums: (0331) 2805646, Fax (0331) 2805647.

Begleitprogramm: Waehrend der Ausstellung findet alle 14 Tage, donnerstags,
um 19.00 Uhr ein Vortrag zu ausstellungsbezogenen Themenkreisen statt. Die
genauen Themen werden mit den entsprechenden Terminen ueber die Presse
bekanntgegeben, bzw. sind in der Galerie des Universums zu erfragen.

Projektleiter:
Dr. rer. nat. Frank W. Baier
Diplom-Astronom

Galerie des Universums
c/o IKS GbR
Heinrich-Mann-Allee 105b
D-14473 Potsdam
URL: http://www.galerie-universum.de

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Exhibitions in Britain for the 1999 Total Eclipse
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By Peter D. Hingley, London


Are you visiting Britain / the West Country / the Channel Islands around
the time of the Solar Eclipse on 1999 August 11? If so you may like to
visit one or more of the following exhibitions which have been put on to
coincide with it. All the exhibitions listed contain some material from
the RAS collections and I have described this, but of course they all
include much material from other sources. If contacting any of the Museums
you may like to mention this message. If anyone is producing TV, Radio or
Press coverage of the Eclipse, I am sure the museums in question would be
very pleased to have a mention to give publicity for their exhibitions. I
can provide personal contact details at any of the Museums on request, but
thought it better not to put these in a general message.

TRURO

The Royal Cornwall Museum has mounted an exhibition `The Story of
Astronomy in Cornwall', which opened on 10th July. The opening was
attended by Professor Tony Hewish, himself born in Fowey, and the
exhibition features various aspects of astronomy and of eclipses, the
discovery of Pulsars, and the work of other Cornish-born astronomers such
as Edwin Dunkin and John Couch Adams. The RAS Library has lent various
rare book and archive material, notably the manuscript Autobiography of
Edwin Dunkin, an edition of which is to be published by the Royal
Institution of Cornwall during the run of the exhibition. The exhibition
is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, until 11th September, and the
charge for admission to the Museum is pounds 2.50 (with concessions). For
further information please telephone the Museum (01872 272205).

GUERNSEY

The Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery in Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, has
an exhibition `Eclipse 99', which was opened on 17th June by Dr Patrick
Moore. The exhibition covers both the history of astronomy and of eclipse
observation, and includes much modern information on the Sun, including
interactive computer displays. The display also includes a piece of Moon
rock lent by NASA, and outside the Gallery a coelostat projects a real-
time image of the Sun when the latter is visible. (It usually is in
Guernsey). The RAS Library has supplied various images for the exhibition
and loaned a watercolour of an Eclipse in 1870 by the Guernsey born artist
P J Naftel. The exhibition also features prominently the work of the
pioneer astrophotographer Warren de la Rue, born in Guernsey in 1815. The
exhibition is open daily until 26th September 1999, and admission to the
Museum costs pounds 2.50 for adults, 1.25 for senior citizens, children and
students free. For further information please telephone the Museum (01481
726518).

PLYMOUTH

The City of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery's exhibition `The Dark Side of
the Sun', opened on 8th May. It covers a wide range of the history of
Astronomy and of navigation, as well as `just' eclipses. A considerable
number of significant books and artefacts, not normally on public display,
have been lent from the RAS collection, including the first editions of
Newton's `Principia' and of Copernicus' `De Revolutionibus', Flamsteed's
`Atlas Coelestis', and various other rare books, and several instruments
including a sextant said to have been used by Captain Cook. The exhibition
has received support from the University of Plymouth, European Space
Agency, PPARC, and Orchid Technologies, as well as the RAS. It runs until
23 October and the Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday
Mondays, 10.00 - 17.00. Admission is free. For further infomation please
telephone the Museum (01752 304774).


ST IVES

The Tate Gallery, St. Ives, has mounted an exhibition entitled `As Dark as
Light', mainly of contemporary works of art by Yuko Shiraishi, Gia
Edzveradze, and Garry Fabian Miller. There are also relevant works by
Turner and Whistler. There is a small section of older material and items
lent by the RAS include diagrams and drawings of eclipses, one of Halley's
eclipse maps, and, notably, an album of original photographs of the 1860
eclipse expedition to Spain, probably collected by Warren de la Rue, which
contains both the first concerted attempts at eclipse photography and what
are probably the earliest photos of the participants in an eclipse
expedition. The exhibition is open on Tuesdays to Sundays (and Mondays,
including Bank Holiday Mondays, in July and August) from 10.30 to 17.30 ,
and runs until 30th October. There is a charge for admission, but the Tate
Gallery has asked me not to specify how much it is. For further
information please telephone the Gallery (01736 796226).

There are also two exhibitions outside the area of totality:

LONDON

The Science Museum, South Kensington, has an exhibition `Eclipse99' which
includes artefacts and images on the theme of eclipse observation over the
centuries. Further information can be found on their Web site
http://www.nmsi.ac.uk.

LIVERPOOL

The Liverpool Museum, William Brown St., Liverpool has a small exhibition
of photographs and other material; mainly of current eclipse information
but including some interesting ephemera relating to the 1927 Total Eclipse.
The Museum is open daily, 10 am (Sundays 12) to 5 pm. The charge for
admission is pounds 3.50 but this gives admission to eight museums for a
whole year!


Author's address:
Peter D. Hingley, Librarian
Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1V 0NL
England
Tel.:   0171 734 4582 / 3307
Fax:    0171 494 0166
e-mail: pdh@ras.org.uk

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Exhibitions
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A small exhibition focusing on astrological concepts in Islam, especially
the zodiac, constellations, planets and lunar mansions, has just be opened
in the Islamic galleries of the British Museum. Stunning objects of every
day life with astrological iconography have been displayed next to coins,
manuscripts and scientific instruments, including the two Abd al-Karim
astrolabes, here shown together for the first time.
"Heavenly Houses", British Museum, London, gallery 34, until
3 October 1999.
Information: Silke Ackermann, British Museum MLA, Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG, e-mail: sackermann@British-museum.ac.uk

The special exhibition "Eclipse! The history of eclipse watching to the
present day" in the Science Museum, London, uses telescopes,
spectroscopes, orreries and other scientific instruments to explain solar
eclipses and how they have been viewed past and present. The centrepoint
of the display is the Kew Photoheliograph, used in northern Spain at the
1860 eclipse to show that prominences were part of the Sun.
6 May - 3 September 1999, open daily from 10.00 to 18.00
URL: http://www.nmsi.ac.uk/eclipse/exhibition/museum.html

The exhibition "Cosmos: From Romanticism to the Avant-garde, 1801 to
2001", presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from June 17 to
October 17, 1999, deals with the theme of infinity as expressed by the
human imagination. Cosmos reveals its discoveries chronologically, from
Romanticism's contemplation of the Moon to NASA's breathtaking photos of
Earth taken from beyond the Moon.  It is not so much a checklist of
scientific discoveries and the conquest of the space as it is an attempt
to explore the ever-expanding visual frontiers that artists bring within
the grasp of our senses through their visionary creations.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion,
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Canada, Tel. (514) 285-1600
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday and Holiday Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
URL: http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en_cours/a-cosmos.html

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Conference Announcement: Giordano Bruno and our Epoch
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(Aus: Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy, No. 37, July 13,
1999, Item 3)


                     Preliminary Announcement

                     International conference

                   Giordano Bruno and our Epoch
                 Moscow,  Moscow State University
                         February, 2000

(The exact dates will be given in the First Announcement.)

Co-organizers:
Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University (SAI MSU)
Institute for Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science
Euro-Asian Astronomical Society (EAAS)
Scientific and Cultural Center "SETI"

The conference will be held at SAI MSU.

Main topics to be considered:

1. G.Bruno and scientific revolution of XVI-XVII centuries
2. G.Bruno and modern astronomy
3. G.Bruno and the SETI problem
4. G.Bruno and modern culture

Contact addresses:
lmg@sai.msu.ru (Dr.Lev M. Gindilis, SAI MSU)
boch@sai.msu.ru (EAAS)

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Preregistration Form
Expression of Interest:

Name:
Title:
Institute:
Postal Address:
E-mail:
FAX/Telephone:

Please indicate if your attendance is:  Highly probable/Probable/Possible

I wish to make  poster        oral contribution
Title of Proposed Poster or Oral Contribution:

Please, send the filled form to:
<lmg@sai.msu.ru> and/or <boch@sai.msu.ru>

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Tagung 1999
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Weitere Tagungen im Jahr 1999 wurden in den vorangegangenen Ausgaben
angekuendigt. Fuer eine komplette Liste aller bisher angekuendigten
Tagungen siehe:

http://www.astro.uni-bonn.de/~pbrosche/hist_astr/ha_meet.html


24-25 September, 1999, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
National meeting of the Italian Astronomical Society devoted to
the history of the Internationa Latitude Service and other initiatives of
astronomical cooperation at the end of the 19th century, such as the Carte
du Ciel, the AG zone catalogue, and others.
Contacts: Prof. Edoardo Proverbio, Osservatorio di Brera, Milano,
fax 39 27200 1600, e-mail proverbio@astrco.astro.it

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Neue Buecher
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Andrewes, William J.H. (Ed.): The quest for longitude. The proceedings of
the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
November 4-6, 1993. Cambridge, Mass.: Collection of Historical Scientific
Instruments, Harvard University, 1996. 437 p., ill. (some col.), maps
(some col.), 29 cm, ISBN 0-9644329-0-0, $ 75.00
[Contributions by historical experts on the history of the determination
of longitude. "The Longitude Symposium was organized under the auspices
of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in connection with
the Fourteenth Annual Seminar of the National Association of Watch and
Clock Collectors." World maps on endpapers. Includes bibliographical
references (p. 406-421) and index.]

Birkmaier, Martin (Hrsg.): Totale Sonnenfinsternis 11. August 1999.
Augsburg: Intercon, 1999. 94 S., 15 x 21 cm, zahlr. Abb.,
ISBN 3-9805116-1-8, Broschur DM 9,80
[S. 9-22: Karl August Keil, Zur Geschichte der Sonnenfinsternisse (mit
Schwerpunkt Augsburg). Vertrieb: Intercon GmbH, Gablinger Weg 9,
D-8615 Augsburg, Tel.: 0821-414081, Fax: 0821-414085]

Bruno H. Buergel: Zum 50. Todestag des Potsdamer Astronomen und
Schriftstellers. Potsdam: Astronomisches Zentrum "Bruno H. Buergel",
Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam, 1998. 44 S.,
Broschur DM 3.00 + DM 2.00 Versand
[Begleitheft zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung vom 8.7. - 1.8.1998 in der
Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam. Mit Beitraegen ueber Buergel und das
Astronomische Zentrum von Rolf Koenig und Arnold Zenkert, einer
Buergel-Bibliographie sowie Auszuegen und Zitaten aus Buergels Werken.
Vertrieb: Astronomisches Zentrum, Im Neuen Garten 6, D-14469 Potsdam,
Tel.: 0331/2702724 oder 2702721, Fax: 0331/292447.]

Helfricht, Juergen: Hexenmeister und Bauernastronomen in Sachsen.
[Taucha]: Tauchaer Verlag, 1999. 80 S., 7,6 x 10,7 cm, 19 Abb., ISBN
3-910074-97-9, Geb. 16,80 DM (Tatsachen ; Nr. 14)
[Ueber Nikolaus Schmidt[-Kuenzel], Christoph Arnold, Johannes Ludewig,
Peter Anich, Christian Gaertner und Johann Georg Palitzsch.]

Ince, Martin: Dictionary of astronomy. Teddington: Peter Collins
Publishing, 1997. ii, 195 p., 21.5 x 13 cm, ISBN 0-948549-43-2,
GBP 10.95 (pb)
[About 1500 entries, a substantial number of which are biographical notes;
"lacks focus and authority" (J. Mitton); "I have the feeling that is has
been written by someone who does not have a deep knowledge of astronomy"
(R.M.Catchpole).]
   Rezension:  J.Mitton: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 107 (1997) 5, 289
   Rezension:  R.M.Catchpole: The Observatory 118 (1998) 1143, 112-113

Karrow, Robert W.: Mapmakers of the Sixteenth century and their maps.
Chicago: Speculum Orbis Press for the Newberry Library, 1993.
xxx, 846 p., $ 110.00
[Includes complete annotated bibliographies of all publications (and not
just maps) for astronomers such as Peter Apian, Philipp Apian, Oronce
Fine, Gemma Frisius and Bartholomaeus Scultetus, and many others.]

Keszthelyi, Sandor: Magyarorszag naporai. A rogzitett naporak katalogusa.
Budapest: Magyar Csillagaszati Egyesulet, 1998. 128 p., 14.5 x 20 cm,
Abb., Lit., ISBN 963-03-5048-3
[Katalog der ortsfesten Sonnenuhren in Ungarn. In Ungarisch.]

Mazal, Otto: Die Sternenwelt des Mittelalters. Graz: Akademische Druck-
und Verlagsanstalt, 1993. 144 S., Abb., 21 x 30 cm, ISBN 3-201-01590-3,
Ln DM 185,-
[Ueber kulturelle und biblische Hintergruende der Astrologie.
Inhalt: Der Kosmos des Mittelalters. Die Sterne und das Goettliche. Die
Sphaerenharmonie der Planeten. Sternbilder und Sternsagen. Die Macht der
Sterne. Der Rhythmus des Lebens.]

Novikov, Igor D.: The river of time. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1998. 275 p., ISBN 0-521-46177-4, GBP 30.00 (hb);
ISBN 0-521-46737-3, GBP 9.95 (pb)
["This book is a popular-level introduction to some of the most exciting
recent work in modern physics [and astronomy], and especially developments
in the concept of time. ... A particular enjoyable aspect of this book is
the large number of personal anecdotes about other leading researchers in
the field, especially in the former USSR." (Ian Crawford)]
   Rezension:  I.Crawford: The Observatory 119 (1999) 1149, 97-98

Pfitzner, Elvira: Die astronomischen Beobachtungen des Geistlichen Georg
Samuel Doerffel 1643 - 1688. Weissbach: Beier & Beran. Archaeologische
Fachliteratur, 1998. 55 S., 21 x 29.5 cm, ISBN 3-930036-32-0,
Broschur DM 15.00

Schenkel, Peter Michael: Johannes Kepler, Gesammelte Werke. Register zu
Band XIII, Briefe 1590 - 1599. Muenchen: Bayerische Akademie der
Wissenschaften, 1999. 40 S. (Berichte der Keplerkommission ; Heft 10)

Schmeidler, Felix: Kommentar zu "De revolutionibus". Berlin:
Akademie-Verlag, 1998. X, 209 S., 20.5 x 30 cm, ISBN 3-05-003123-9, Geb.
DM 298.00 (Nicolaus Copernicus Gesamtausgabe. Hrsg. von Heribert M. Nobis
und Menso Folkerts. Bd. III/1)
[Erklaerungen fuer den heutigen Leser zu Geschichte, Edition und
Inhalt des Hauptwerkes von Copernicus.]

Schroeder, Wilfried: Naturwissenschaft und Religion. Bremen-Roennebeck:
Science edition, 1999. 68 S., 2 Abb., Broschur DM 14.00
[Am Beispiel von Max Planck und Werner Heisenberg.
Vertrieb: W.Schroeder, Science Edition, Hechelstr. 8,
D-28777 Bremen-Roennebeck]

Schwarz, Oliver; Hopf, Cornelia; Stein, Hans: Quellen zur Astronomie in
der Forschungs- und Landesbibliothek Gotha unter besonderer
Beruecksichtigung der Gothaer Sternwarten. Gotha: Forschungs- und
Landesbibliothek, 1998. 119 S., 14.5 x 21 cm, 10 teils farb. Abb.,
ISBN 3-910027-13-X, Broschur DM 18.00
(Veroeffentlichungen der Forschungs- und Landesbibliothek Gotha ; H. 36)
[Verzeichnis der archivalischen Bestaende der Bibliothek zur Astronomie,
einschliesslich abendlaendischer (u.a. von Tycho Brahe, Georg von
Peuerbach, Johannes Carion und Hevelius) und orientalischer
Handschriften. Vertrieb: Forschungs- und Landesbibliothek Gotha,
Postfach 30, D-99851 Gotha.]

Shimony, Abner: Tibaldo and the hole in the calendar.
New York: Copernicus / Springer-Verlag, 1998. 165 p.,
ISBN 0-387-94935-6, $ 21.00 (hb)
[Juvenile book on the Gregorian calendar reform.
Selected for The Scientific American Young Readers Book Award (1998).]
   Rezension:  N.D.Mermin: Phys. Today 51 (1998) 6, 63
   Rezension:  P.Morrison: Sci. Amer. 279 (1998) 6, 87-88

Solomey, Nickolas: The elusive neutrino - a subatomic detective story.
New York: W.H.Freeman and Co., 1997. 206 p., 24 x 22.5 cm,
ISBN 0-716-75080-5, $ 34.95 (hb) (Scientific American Library)
["The story of the neutrino is told in a semi-historical way, but with
concepts introduced as they are needed rather than waiting for the
chronology to be correct ..." (Barry Kent)]
   Rezension:  B.Kent: The Observatory 118 (1998) 1142, 44-45

Swerdlow, Noel M.: The Babylonian theory of planets. Princeton (New
Jersey, USA): Princeton University Press, 1998. xv, 246 p., 24 x 16 cm,
ISBN 0-691-01196-6, GBP 27.50 (hb)
   Rezension:  J.H.Rogers: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 108 (1998) 4, 226-227
   Rezension:  L.J.Fatoohi: The Observatory 118 (1998) 1147, 383

Willey, R.R.: The Tucson Meteorites: their history from frontier Arizona
to the Smithsonian. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1997.
47 p., 28 x 22 cm, ISBN 0-816-51816-5, $ 10.95 (pb)
   Rezension:  R.Hutchison: The Observatory 118 (1998) 1145, 233-234

Yau, Kevin K.C.; Stephenson, F. Richard; Willis, David M.: A catalogue of
auroral observations from China, Korea and Japan (193 B.C. - A.D. 1770).
Chilton (UK): Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 1995. IV, 82 p.
(RAL-TR-95-073 (ISSN 1358-6254))

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Danksagung
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Fuer Informationen sei gedankt: 

Silke Ackermann, Frank Baier, Lajos Bartha, Volker Bialas, Wolfgang
Czegka, David DeVorkin, Juergen Helfricht, Dieter B. Herrmann, Peter D.
Hingley, Inge und Karl-August Keil, Sandor Keszthelyi, Rolf Koenig, Elvira
Pfitzner, Felix Schmeidler, Wilfried Schroeder, Oliver Schwarz, Vera L.
Staerman.

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