The Harvard Spectral Classification

Harvard Classification Spectral Type

The spectral classification scheme in present use was developed at Harvard Observatory in the United States in the early 20th century. The work was begun by Henry Draper who in 1872 took the first photograph of the spectrum of Vega. Later Draper's widow donated the observing equipment and a sum of money to Harvard Observatory to continue the work of classification. The main part of the classification was done by Annie Jump Cannon using objective prism spectra. The Henry Draper Catalogue (HD)...

Spherical Trigonometry

Spherical Triangle And Great Circle

For the coordinate transformations of spherical astronomy, we need some mathematical tools, which we present now. If a plane passes through the centre of a sphere, it will split the sphere into two identical hemispheres along a circle called a great circle (Fig. 2.1). A line perpendicular to the plane and passing through the centre of the sphere intersects the sphere at the poles P and P'. If a sphere is intersected by a plane not containing the centre, the intersection curve is a small circle....