Ancient southern constellations, 1708

Ancient southern constellations, 1708

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

Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Southern constellations of antiquity, represented by artworks of the mythical people and creatures for whom they are named. This is plate 27 from the 1708 edition of 'Harmonica Macrocosmica', a star atlas by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). The map is centred on the southern zodiacal (ecliptic) pole, rather than the southern celestial pole (offset below centre). The zodiacal plane is the first circle in from the rim. Putti adorn the border. 'Harmonica Macrocosmica', first published in 1660, had 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk.

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