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ASTRONOMICAL BIIANUI. The Astronomical I'vaiu-h of the Otago institute met last night, in annual as well ,-is ordinary session. Mr I*. Oiikison presided, and about a dozen were present. 'tire committee, iu their animal report, stated that during the year they had lost Mr i'airclough, who was removed to Kaiapoi. He had. however, forwarded a paper to lie. read i'Recent Astronomy "i. Another enthusiastic, worker in Mr lm W. I'ayne had let';, and to both the branch's thanks were due. An arrangement had been made with, the Wellington Philosophical Society's astronomical branch for the exchange of papers -read at the two societies. Mr Payne having left. New Zealand, it had been ar vd to appoint Mr J. S. TYalkiuer as 1n,.. ,tny curator of the Observatoiy. During the year ji trimsic instrument was handed over to the society by Mr Blair .Mason. The instiument had been repaired by Mr Bremner. and was now erected, and would be cuiented by Professor Park. This report was adopted without discussion, and; the following office-bearers were elected : -President, Mr R. Giikison : vicepresidents. Professors Park and Richards ami the Rev. D. Diittou; secretary. .Mr Bremner : committer-—Messrs Neill. Wilson. Rraseh. Millies, and Dr Cameron, v. ith power to add to their number. Mr .A.. Megget. retiring from the office oi secretaiy. was heartily thanked for his services. Mr Milnes read and demonstrated a paper by Mr "Westland lot Canterbury) on •'Southern Variable Stars." This paper dealt with all the variable stars that are well placed for, observation in the Southern Hemisphere, including stars that might be seen in European latitude!, but with. some difficulty, perhaps. This paper dealt also with the'problem of the physical cause of these stars' variability, advaiicing the theory of rotation —the * assumption that these'stars were themselves! rotating .at i, perfectly uniform rate, and as most of them had only a very narrow rang© of magnitude, there was "ho-great difficulty in supposing that their photospheres wera tint equally luminous all over, and that this was die. xldn of their varidbilitv.

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OTAGO INSTITUTE, Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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OTAGO INSTITUTE Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914