Celestial map of the heavens, 1810

Celestial map of the heavens, 1810

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Caption: Celestial map of the heavens. 19th-century Mercator (cylindrical) projection of the whole sky, showing the path of the Sun (equinoctial, across centre) and representations of the constellations. Features include the path of the Great Comet of 1807 (dotted line, upper right) and two new constellations: Sciurus Volans (Flying Squirrel, upper left) and Marmor Sculptile (Bust of Columbus, lower left). In the corners are keys showing symbols for the planets (top left), symbols for the twelve signs of the zodiac (bottom corners) and star magnitudes (top right). This celestial map was published in 1810 in Boston, USA, by US cartographer William Croswell (1760-1834).

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