Peeps at Nature

Peeps at Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...Clouds'--oh, mamma! I should like to learn some of these," continued Alexander. "As we have been talking so much about those things, I dare say I should easily understand these. Oh! here is a poem on the 'Comet;' I will learn that." So the young student took the book, and settled himself steadily to his lesson. Presently he looked up and said, "I do not quite know what all this means, mamma. Have you ever seen a comet?" "Yes; I saw the one which appeared in the winter of the year 1835." "What was it like?" "Like a small star surrounded by a faint shining mist." "Then it did not look so very grand and beautiful as this poem describes?" "Comets are of different sizes, my dear boy; and the only one I have ever seen was comparatively small, while the one to which your poetry refers was a large and brilliant orb, and had a splendid luminous train attached to the bright spot which seemed the head." "Do not all comets have those long trains?" "No; some have this luminous appendage flowing before them, when it is termed a beard; while more frequently they exhibit only a bright haze round them: this, indeed, suggested the name they bear." "Why, mamma, what does the word comet mean?" "It is derived from the Latin word coma, signifying hair, because most of the comets appear like stars surrounded with a shining hair-like appendage." "Are they worlds like our planets?" "It is quite impossible to tell, my dear, as there is so little opportunity to make observations upon them, from the rapidity of their movements, and the immense size of their usual orbits." "Then do they go round the sun?" "Those...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982150
  • 9781236982155