Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... September
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An attractive star chart, one of twelve monthly maps, each extending from the German horizon to about 45 degrees altitude. This particular example looks from west to north. The map shows many of the important constellations as well as naming some of the brightest stars on the chart. Prominent in this map is the 'Mauer Quadrant' - a constellation created by the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande in 1795. It depicted a wall-mounted quadrant that he and his nephew Michel Lefrançois de Lalande had charted the celestial sphere with. It was located between the constellations of Boötes and Draco, near the tail of Ursa Major. It is no longer in use, but the Quadrantid meteor shower (the first of every new year), radiates from where it once was and is named appropriately. Bootes constellation is shown clearly underneath, the name coming from the Greek Βοώτης, Boōtēs, meaning herdsman or plowman. One of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, Boötes is now one of the 88 modern constellations. It contains the fourth brightest star in the night sky, the orange-hued 'Arcturus' shown clearly on this map. Boötes is home to many other bright stars, making a total of 29 stars easily visible to the naked eye. Also depicted are 'Drache' (Draco), 'Jagdhunde' (Canes Venatici) and the Grosse Bar (Ursa Major). Johann Elert Bode was a self taught astronomer whose texts and atlases on the subject were, and remain, hugely influential.
region: Celestials / Star Charts
mapmaker: J. E. Bode
place and date of publication: Berlin 1801
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 41800
size in mm: 155 by 195mm (6 by 7.75 inches).
literature: cf.Warner, The Sky Explored, p.34.
Price: £ 100
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