Astronomical Tables


TABLE IV. Mean places of all the Stars, observed by Bradley and Piazzi, not less than the 4.5 magnitude.

(Baily, 1822, p.23)

It is important in this context to realize the sudden novelty of observing stars for motion the fact that stars behaved like planets was proof of the universality of gravity. More crucially, being able to quantify the movement and to demonstrate the all-pervading power of calculation was integral to nineteenth-century astronomers' programmes.

(Ashworth, 1994, p.423)

Ashworth, W. J. (1994) ‘The calculating eye: Baily, Herschel, Babbage and the business of astronomy’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 27(04), pp. 409–441. [link]

Baily, F. (1822) Astronomical Tables and Remarks for the Year 1822. [link]