Uncharted Constellations

Asterisms, Single-Source and Rebrands

  • John C. Barentine

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Celestial Odds and Ends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-14
  3. The Lost Constellations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. John C. Barentine
      Pages 27-33
    3. John C. Barentine
      Pages 35-48
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      Pages 49-55
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      Pages 57-65
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      Pages 67-76
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      Pages 77-83
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      Pages 93-99
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 147-222

About this book


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 Alternate 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. 


Historical asterisms History of star maps History of star cartography Julius Schiller’s Coelum Stellatum Christianum Big Dipper vs Ursa Major Single-sourced constellations Forgotten constellations History of astronomical nomenclature

Authors and affiliations

  • John C. Barentine
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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-27618-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27619-9
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