Download e-book for iPad: Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography by Nick Kanas

By Nick Kanas

ISBN-10: 0387716688

ISBN-13: 9780387716688

ISBN-10: 0387716696

ISBN-13: 9780387716695

With the development of the overseas area Station, and new plans for manned missions to the Moon, Mars and past, there's renewed curiosity within the heavens. An ever-increasing variety of everyone is occupied with the technological know-how of house and have gotten novice astronomers.

The attractiveness and awe generated by way of the celestial void catch our mind's eye and pleasure our aesthetic feel. Antiquarian map societies are prospering, and celestial maps are actually considered as a forte of map collecting.

This ebook strains the heritage of celestial cartography and relates this heritage to the altering principles of man’s position within the universe and to advances in map-making.

Reproductions of maps from antiquarian celestial atlases and prints, many formerly unpublished in e-book shape, improve the textual content, and a legend accompanies every one representation to give an explanation for its astronomical and cartographic features.

Also incorporated within the ebook are discussions of non-European celestial maps and chapters on early American impacts and celestial map-collecting.

The e-book describes the advance and relationships among assorted sky maps and atlases in addition to demons

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A ®nal directional issue concerns the orientation of the star patterns themselves. Some star maps use a ``geocentric'' perspective, where the patterns appear the way we see them when we look up into the night sky. But others show a left-to-right reversal. How can this be? The reason is that these maps are following an old convention going back to the time when stars were commonly painted or engraved on a spherical globe and were oriented as if the viewer was in Heaven outside of the celestial sphere looking back at the resulting constellations.

In some cases, these ®gures are shown facing us from the front; in other cases we see them from behind. Some ®gures are carefully oriented to the star patterns according to classical Greek descriptions. That is to say, the description might say that a bright star is located in the left shoulder of the ®gure, and that is the way it is shown on the star map. In other cases, there is no one-to-one relationship between the ®gure and the underlying star pattern. Speci®c examples of these variations in constellation orientation will be given when discussing speci®c star maps in later chapters.

2 Chinese constellations The Chinese oriented themselves to the north celestial pole, around which all the stars revolved. , the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor, in which the Little Dipper is located) was not the pole star to the ancient Chinese due to precession, but other stars received this honor. For example, in the 2nd Millennium bc, Alpha Draconis was the pole star, and Ho et al. (2000) has calculated that a faint star in our constellation of Camelopardalus was the ``pivot star'' during the early Tang period (7th Century ad).

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