Uncharted Constellations: Asterisms, Single-Source and Rebrands
This book compiles an array of interesting constellations that fell by the wayside before the IAU established the modern canon of constellations. That decision left out lesser known ones whose history is nevertheless interesting, but at last author John Barentine is giving them their due. This book is a companion to "The Lost Constellations", highlighting the more obscure configurations.
The 16 constellations found in this volume fall into one or more of three broad categories: asterims, such as the Big Dipper in Ursa Major; single-sourced constellations introduced on surviving charts by a cartographer perhaps currying the favor of sponsors; and re-brands, new figures meant to displace existing constellations, often for an ideological reason. All of them reveal something unique about the development of humanity's map of the sky.
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Abbreviation Ancient Ptolemy Andromeda AntinoŘs appears Aquarius Argo Navis asterism astronomical world Atlas Aurigae Barentine bright stars Canis Caput Medusae cartographers century Cepheus charts cluster Columbus conspicuous stars constellation constellation boundaries constellation offered Corona Firmiana Croswell crown depicted distance Elector Eridanus figure Firmian Genitive Gorgons Gottfried Kirch Greek hand Head of Medusa heavens Hevelius Holy Roman Emperor International Publishing Switzerland invention J.C. Barentine Johann Elert Bode Johann Georg Karl Theodor King Kirch known Lacaille Lacerta later Latin Leo Palatinus Leopold Libra Location Louis Mannheim Manus Iustitiae modern constellation night sky Nilometer Norma Nilotica Orion Palatine Perseus Petrus Apianus Phaeton Plancius Plate Polophylax Publishing Switzerland 2016 Richard Hinckley Allen royal Royer Saxony Sceptrum Brandenburgicum Sceptrum et Manus shell Springer International Publishing Springer Praxis Books sundials Switzerland 2016 J.C. tail Thomas three-letter abbreviation Uncharted Constellations unformed stars Ursa Major Virgo Volume Young’s