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A spurious but persistent satellite

Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 37)

Abstract

Lambert’s memoir on the satellite of Venus was for a long time the last serious study of the subject. By the 1780s the satellite was on its way out of astronomy, with the majority of astronomers either dismissing it or, more commonly, ignoring it. Lalande’s mention of the subject in the Dictionnaire de physique of 1781 and later in his Astronomie of 1792, uncommitted but not clearly dismissive, was an exception. As we shall see, the rejection of the satellite of Venus did not mean that it was deemed to oblivion. This was far from the case. Still, from the point of view of the large majority of astronomers the question was no longer controversial. Whatever its mysteries (and these were many), it was agreed that Venus just could not boast of a moon.

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Monthly Notice Natural Theology Ghost Image Optical Illusion Celestial Object 
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