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Vincenzo Coronelli, Epitome Cosmografica (Cologne, 1693)

Representing the Heavens

The tiny size of a volume by Coronelli belies its historical importance: in this Epitome, Coronelli explained how to use celestial and terrestrial globes, and his techniques for constructing them. The Epitome describes how Coronelli famously constructed a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes for Louis XIV, which measured more than 12 feet in diameter. Hand-colored prints for a 3-foot diameter Coronelli celestial globe are on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Spring 2016.

Another work held by the History of Science Collections, Phillippe de la Hire, Description et explication des globes qui sont placés dans les pavillons du Château de Marly (Paris, 1704), describes Coronelli’s 12-foot globes and explains how to use them for astronomical calculations.

 

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Source: History of Science Collections

Section: Stars

Section Number: 4

Object Number: 24

Subject Area(s): Astronomy, Geography, Scientific Instruments

Time Period: 17th Century

Region(s): Europe, Germany

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Constellation tubes | Six constellations

Six constellations

Identify six common constellations by their star patterns.

Urania's Mirror was a set of 32 constellation cards designed to aid in identifying the constellations by distinguishing between star patterns and constellation figures. This set includes six constellations, selected so that at least one of them is visible (in the northern hemisphere) at any time of the year. Holes punched in the positions of bright stars allow one to hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.

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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.


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Urania's Mirror: Constellation Cards

Urania's Mirror Learning Leaflet

What are your favorite constellations?

Urania's Mirror was a set of constellation cards designed to aid in the teaching and learning of constellations. This set includes 32 cards, each focused upon one or a few constellations. Holes punched in the positions of bright stars allow one to hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.

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