Ten Years Ago (99)
- CMO #139 (25 November 1993) – CMO p1311 –p1326
was published on 25 November 1993. The first few pages were devoted to a short
summary of Richard McKIM’s article on
the life and the times of E M ANTONIADI published in JBAA 103 (1993)
164-170 (Part I) and ibid 219-227 (Part II). Our summary was short but it was a
first detailed literature on ANTONIADI written in Japanese, and a delicate
relation of ANTONIADI to FLAMMARION and other things scooped by Richard were
appealing to us. By the way, since Richard is interested in the dust clouds, he
alludes to one of ANTONIADI’s famous drawing on 31 December 1924 which shows a
totally veiled disk by dust but for Olympus
CMO 1992/93 Note (12) treated a tendency of the recession of the npc in 1992/93 based on MINAMI’s 450 observations from λ=348°Ls (δ=10.1”) to 058°W (δ=8.1”) (other observations were not counted in). Measurements were made by Mn, and NISHITA plotted. Here is shown a diagram of the period from λ=017°Ls to λ=029°Ls. The npc did not linearly recessed but the size of the npc stayed stationary until about λ=040°Ls. The planet was closest to the Earth on 3 January 1993, while the maximal angular diameter was only 15.0”.
The LtE corner shows a few photographs of Yukio MORITA’s observatory having a 2.5m dome (put on a strongly built garage) and his f/7.7 telescope having a 25.4 cm Sinden speculum (nominally 1/45λ). It is equipped with a Nikon Microflex camera which he used at that time. MORITA was at that time of 42 of age. MURAKAMI also communicated to us he had observed the Mercury Transit on 6 November 2003. The solar surface showed some other sun-spots, while in a previous case in 1986 on 13 November, none was seen except for Mercury. At the final page, Mn wrote in Japanese about a famous Japanese poet who lived in Mikuni for five years about 40 years before, and this essay is now reproduced in a corner of this Web.