By Richard Taibi
This interesting portrait of an novice astronomy movement tells the tale of the way Charles Olivier recruited a hard-working cadre of citizen scientists to rehabilitate the learn of meteors. By 1936, Olivier and contributors of his American Meteor Society had succeeded in disproving an misguided inspiration approximately meteor showers. utilizing cautious observations, they restored the public’s belief in predictions approximately periodic showers and renewed recognize for meteor astronomy between specialist astronomers within the usa. Charles Olivier and his society of observers who were enthusiastic about looking forward to meteors within the evening sky left an enormous influence at the field.
In addition to describing Olivier’s career and describing his struggles with aggressive colleagues in a adversarial clinical weather, the author provides biographies of a few of the rankings of ladies and males of every age who aided Olivier in making bathe observations, from the Leonids and Perseids and others. half those beginner volunteers have been from thirteen to twenty-five years of age. Their paintings allowed Olivier and the AMS to contradict the flawed trust in desk bound and long-enduring meteor showers, bringing the idea in their beginning into alignment with celestial mechanics. Thanks to Olivier and his collaborators, the examine of meteors took an outstanding leap forward within the 20th century to earn a spot as a valuable subject of analysis between expert astronomers.
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