Earth's celestial circles, 1708

Earth's celestial circles, 1708

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This image is part of the sequence Space: Harmonica Macrocosmica cosmography

Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Earth and its celestial circles. This is plate 11 from the 1708 edition of the star atlas 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). The two major planes shown here are the horizon (pink) and the zodiac (illustrated with zodiacal symbols). The globe is centred on the north coast of Australia (mapped in 1644). Putti and muses adorn the artwork's border. 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' was first published in 1660. There were originally 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk.

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