Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Conon of Samos

  • Thomas HockeyEmail author
Reference work entry

FlourishedAlexandria, (Egypt), third century BCE

Conon was an Alexandrian court astronomer and also a friend of  Archimedes. He collected eclipse records and studied conic sections. Conon added one of the few new northern constellations since  Eudoxus (Coma Berenices). The tale of how this supposedly happened is well told by David Levy et al. A crater on the Moon is named Conon.

Selected Reference

  1. Levy, David et al. (1997). Sharing the Sky. New York: Plenum Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA