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Mapping the stars in early America

  • Nick Kanas
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Since the earliest days of the Republic, people in the United States have been fascinated by events in the sky and have followed the paths of the Moon, planets, and stars. Although Europeans set the standard for celestial cartography, many of its elements took root in America during the period between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. A number of books and atlases were printed that oriented people to the heavens, which contributed to the early popularity of astronomy in the United States and its later emergence as a world leader in astronomical observation and science (see Section 8.5.5).


Solar System Double Star Lunar Eclipse Heavenly Body Celestial Equator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Kanas
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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