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Re: [escepticos] El esquivo planeta Vulcano


C. Mario del Río tecleó:
> During the last century, many astronomers searched for the planet Vulcan
> which was thought to orbit closer to the Sun than the planet Mercury.  SPA
> member Jonathan Shanklin suggests that observations of an infra-Mercurial
> "planet" at the time of a solar eclipse in 1878 may have been a member of
> the Kreutz group of sungrazing comets.  The SOHO satellite has recently
> recorded a number of disk shaped objects that are known to be sungrazing
> comets and these could provide a satisfactory explanation for the
> mysterious Vulcan observations.

  Interesante... por aquí enconte algo de información sobre el eclipse de 1878
y *los* planetas intra-mercuriales:



   There was one more flurry after the total solar eclipse at July 29 1878,
where two observers claimed to have seen in the vicinity of the Sun small
illuminated disks which could only be small planets inside Mercury's orbit: J.C
Watson (professor of astronomy at the Univ. of Michigan) believed he'd found
TWO intra-Mercurial planets! Lewis Swift (co-discoverer of Comet Swift-Tuttle,
which returned 1992), also saw a 'star' he believed to be Vulcan -- but at a
different position than either of Watson's two 'intra-Mercurials'. In addition,
neither Watson's nor Swift's Vulcans could be reconciled with Le Verrier's or
Lescarbault's Vulcan. 



Víctor R. Ruiz               rvr en ulpgc.es
División de Comunicaciones
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria