Uncharted constellations : asterisms, single-source and rebrands / John C. Barentine.

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Cham : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Publishing, 2016.
1 online resource (xvi, 222 pages) : illustrations.


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This book compiles an array of interesting constellations that fell by the wayside before the IAU established the modern canon of constellations. That decision left out lesser known ones whose history is nevertheless interesting, but at last author John Barentine is giving them their due. This book is a companion to "The Alternate Constellations", highlighting the more obscure configurations. The 16 constellations found in this volume fall into one or more of three broad categories: asterims, such as the Big Dipper in Ursa Major; single-sourced constellations introduced on surviving charts by a cartographer perhaps currying the favor of sponsors; and re-brands, new figures meant to displace existing constellations, often for an ideological reason. All of them reveal something unique about the development of humanity's map of the sky. .
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed April 12, 2016).
Part I: Introduction -- Part II: The Lost Constellations.- 2 Anser.- 3 Antino ̈us.- 4 Argo Navis.- 5 Cancer Minor.- 6 Cerberus et Ramus Pomifer.- 7 Custos Messium.- 8 Felis.- 9 Gallus.- 10 Globus Aerostaticus.- 11 Honores Frederici.- 12 Jordanis.- 13 Machina Electrica.- 14 Mons Maenalus.- 15 Musca Borealis.- 16 Ocina Typographica.- 17 Psalterium Georgianum.- 18 Quadrans Muralis.p- 19 Rangifer.- 20 Rhombus.- 21 Robur Carolinum.- 22 Sagitta Australis.- 23 Sceptrum Brandenburgicum.- 24 Taurus Poniatovii.- 25 Telescopia Herschelii.- 26 Tigris.- 27 Triangulum Minus.- 28 Turdus Solitarius / Noctua -- Part III: Conclusion -- Part IV: Appendix: The Modern Constellations.
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