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Johannes Hevelius Moon Map, 1647

Johannes Hevelius Moon Map, 1647

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Map of the moon originally appeared in Selenographia sive lunae descriptio by Johannes Hevelius, 1647. This colour edition appeared in Specula physico-mathematico-historica by Johann Zahn, 1696. Johannes Hevelius (January 28, 1611 - January 28, 1687) was a Polish astronomer. He is remembered as the founder of founder of lunar topography, who also described ten new constellations (seven of which are still recognized by astronomers). He was also a councilor, mayor of Danzig and was taught the art of brewing from his father, a wealthy merchant of Bohemian origin. In 1641 he built an observatory on the roofs of his three connected houses. The observatory was known by the name Sternenburg (Star Castle). He made observations of sunspots, 1642-1645, devoted four years to charting the lunar surface and discovered the Moon's liberation in longitude. He discovered four comets, in 1652, 1661,1672 and 1677. These discoveries led to his thesis that such.

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