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  • Science in a Smokestack 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1903)
    First Paragraph: | Ever since the time when Foucault, fifty years ago, swung his memorable pendulum from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris and gave to the world the first experimental proof of the rotation of the earth, ...
  • A Perpetual Calendar in a Nutshell 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1901)
    First Paragraph: | Those of our readers who are interested in calendars will find the annexed little table very serviceable. This table gives within a small space the Dominical letter for every day of the year. As these ...
  • The Eclipses of 1905 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1905)
    First Paragraph: | Of the two solar and two lunar eclipses occur ring in the course of the year 1905, one of each class will be more or less visible in the United States.
  • The Time of Sunrise and Sunset 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1903)
    First Paragraph: | If the reader is astronomically inclined, and has personally compared the calendar times of the rising and setting of the sun and the moon with those of his own observation, he must certainly have found ...
  • Total Eclipse of the Moon October 16 - 17 1902 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1902)
    First Paragraph: | An eclipse of the moon, especially a total one, is sufficiently rare to lose none of its interest at each recurrence. A clear sky and a seasonable hour add not a little to the enjoyment of the spectacle, ...
  • The Value of Cobweb 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1911)
    First Paragraph | We have often been told of the value of what are generally called trifles. We know that very great things often depend upon very small ones, that, for example, the lives of many people and the safety of ...
  • Time of Moonrise 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1905)
    First Paragraph | On account of the Moon’s rapid motion both in right ascension and in declination, the computation of the times of the Moon’s rising and setting is apt to prove very laborious, since it cannot be done ...
  • The North Pole Part 2 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph | The axis of revolution about which the earth revolves is not fixed in the earth, as one would naturally suppose, and as even scientific men supposed until the contrary was proved. It moves about in a very ...
  • The North Pole Part 1 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph | The poles of the earth are, in the mathematical as well as in the ordinary sense of the word, singular points; that is to say, they possess many essential features which do not apply in any way to other ...
  • The Transit of Mercury, November 14, 1907, as Visible in the United States 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1907)
    First Paragraph | The United States will be very unfavorably situated for viewing the coming transit of Mercury on November 14,1907. About one-third of the states will not see the planet at all upon the Sun’s face, and the ...
  • The Solar Eclipse of June 28, 1908, as Visible in the United States 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1908)
    First Paragraph | The solar eclipse of June 28, 1908 will be well visible all over the United States. The Sun will everywhere be high in the sky, and the magnitude of the eclipse will vary from one-tenth in the state of ...
  • The Solar Eclipse of 1916 December 24 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph | The magnitude of the solar eclipse of 1916 December 24 is about as small as any that can occur in practice, being only one and one-tenth per cent, of the sun’s diameter, according to the American Ephemeris. ...
  • Why is the Moon? 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph | Perhaps the title of this article sounds odd to the reader on account of its similarity to an old conundrum. No pleasantry of the sort is, however, intended, my object is simply to show to some extent why ...
  • Stereoscopic Harmonic Curves 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1924)
    First Paragraph | All professors of physics are fond of harmonic curves. Many even seem to consider it a duty, as far as their circumstances permit, at one time or another to construct a machine and draw some of these ...
  • That Dreadful Tail 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1910)
    First Paragraph | The predicted passage of the earth through the tail of Halley’s comet on the night of May 18 seems still to fill many anxious minds with dread. Its absolute harmlessness cannot, therefore, be emphasized ...
  • The Demon Star 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph | In the northern heavens, visible in the United States on almost any night of the year, there is a famous star that the Arabians named Al Gol, the Demon Star. While all the myriads of fixed stars glowed ...
  • The Annular Eclipse of the Sun of 1919 November 22 as Visible in the United States and Partial Eclipse of the Moon 1919 November 7 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1919)
    THE ANNULAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN | Except in the Pacific states, the annular eclipse of the sun of 1919 November 22 will be visible to a greater or less extent all over the United States. The accompanying maps will probably ...
  • The Tangent of 2X 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1922)
    First Paragraph | The object of this article is to show an interesting and practical application of one of the well-known formulas of trigonometry that appear to be so dry and valueless to the student who must memorize ...
  • Some Problems on the Orthographic Projection of the Sphere 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1906)
    First Paragraph | When a sphere is orthographically projected upon a plane, the location of a point on its surface and of its projection upon the plane is determined by certain systems of coordinates, the interrelation of ...
  • The South Polar Eclipse of 1917 December 13 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | If there is anything in the whole realm of the wonderful science of astronomy that commands the admiration of the world, learned as well as unlearned, it is the accuracy with which eclipses are predicted, ...

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