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Aratos, Phenomena (Basel, 1547)

Appearances of the Sky

Aratos, a Greek scientist and poet of the 3rd century B.C.E., offered practical advice for predicting the weather by learning to recognize the seasonal appearances of constellations. Constellations introduced include Andromeda, Orion and Taurus, and others included in the later star catalog of Ptolemy (2d century C.E.).

Galileo's World Exhibition Location

Source: History of Science Collections

Section: Stars

Section Number: 4

Object Number: 20

Subject Area(s): Astronomy, Literature, Meteorology

Time Period: Ancient

Region(s): Europe, Germany, Greece

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Coma Berenices Learning Leaflet

Coma Berenices Learning Leaflet

Coma Berenices is the only one of the modern 88 official constellations named after a historical figure. It represents the hair of Berenice, Queen of Egypt (267 221 BCE), who reigned with Ptolemy III Euergetes. Learn more about this in this learning leaflet.