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Halley's tropical winds chart, 1686

Halley's tropical winds chart, 1686

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Halley's tropical winds chart. This chart of the world's tropical winds was compiled by the English astronomer and meteorologist Edmund Halley (1656-1742). The chart documented trade winds and monsoons, and was produced following an expedition to St Helena, an island in the southern Atlantic. At lower right is Nova Hollandia, the north-west coast of what would later be known as Australia. This chart was published in 1686, in volume 16 of Philosophical Transactions, the journal of the Royal Society in London, England.

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