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Mapping the Sky, From Shi Shen to Charles Messier

  • Jonathan Powell
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

Whereas our earliest of ancestors tended to draw particular events or erroneous happenings in the night sky – the passage of a comet, the outburst of a star, or the darkening of the light during an eclipse – the importance of making accurate and detailed maps of the night sky became almost second nature to future generations who studied the stars, either for astrological purposes or weightier scientific understanding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Powell
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  1. 1.Ebbw ValeUK

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