"THROUGH THE UNIVERSE."
LECTURE BY MR. WRAGGE. The popularity ■with which Mr. Clement Wragge, the eminent meteorologist, established himself in public estimation during his visit to Auckland some years ago, wa;. clearly evidenced by the warmth of his reception at the Choral Hall last evening, when he delivered the first of his series of lectures entitled " A Voyage .Through the Universe." The hall was | crowded to the doers, many failing to' obtain admittance. The subject was treated by the lecturer with givat skill, and the illustrations through the agency of the magic lantern were remarkably fine. Mr. Wragge introduced his s-.bjrct with several interesting remarks in connection with the-grandest of thn .■ci-.-nc.":—astro-nomy —and, showing that and true religion are one and inJivisible, contended there/ore that th? man \\h.> reasons i without astronomy will not reach the truth. Passing on to the members of our solar system, and. of the fixed stars, the lecturer presented a number of magnificent slides (photographs) showing to his audience the incalculable numbers of the suns of the universe, and the great clusters of nebulae from which the suus are born. He held that, just as our sun has a solar system, so also have other suns, many times larger than our own, also their own systems, Striking pictures of the birth and growth of a young suti were also exhibited, Mr. Wragge explaining that in just such a manner as the atoms kept themselves in systems revolving round the largest atom in each, so did the suns in each of thensystems. Photographs of a number of the constellations (including some magnificent illustrations of Orion's belt) provided illimitable food for reflection, whilst views of the Milky Way, showing this I familiar object to be a great aggregation of suns, were amongst those thrown on the screen. The speaker discoursed on the harmony between earth and sun, and on tho striking response made by our planet v.hen a " sun-spot"—otherwise terrific sun-storm —appeared. He pointed out that the appearance of these had coincided ,on different occasions, with earthquakes in India, Italy, San Francisco and again in Italy, and with magnificent displays of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis. He expressed his opinion that the scholars of our public schools should have the opportunity of pursuing the noble science of astronomy by meaus of a little observatory in each school— a small telescope costing only about £ 10. The concluding portion of the lecture was devoted to an intensely interesting description of conditions existing on the moon —a place which he likened to the realms of His Satanic Majesty. The temperature there varies from 300 above zero to 250 below; there are no blue skies, no clouds, no water or even aqueous vapour, no life of any kind, and with no atmosphere, over all eternal silence reigns. Hearty applause was accorded Mr. Wragge at the conclusion of his address. This evening he lectures on "The Majesty of Creation," affording a description of the wonders of the earth and the solar system.
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