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European constellation development

  • Nick Kanas
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Previously, we considered the native constellation systems that developed in China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India. Here, we will trace the development of European constellations, which form the basis of the star maps we will consider in subsequent chapters. Like many other things astronomical, we will begin with the ancient Greeks, whose classical 48 constellations greatly influenced star map development and form the core of the system we use today.


Constellation System Philosophical Foundation Native Constellation Subsequent Chapter Constellation Development 
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  • Nick Kanas
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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