South circumpolar constellations, 1603

South circumpolar constellations, 1603

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Caption: South circumpolar constellations. 17th century artwork of the night sky as seen from Earth's south pole. The constellations, clockwise from left, are: Phoenix, Grus (upper), Toucana (middle) and Hydrus (lower, not the same as Hydra), Indus, Pavo, Apis Indica (now called Apus), Triangulum Australe, Apis (now called Musca, upper) and Chameleon (lower), Piscis Volans and Dorado. Illustration from Johann Bayer's Uranometria (Greek for 'sky measurements'), a star atlas and catalogue published in 1603.

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