Chart 27

The Southern Stellar Hemisphere of Antiquity, plate 27 from Harmonia Microcosmica, 1660

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Although the title places this sky chart in antiquity, Andreas Cellarius in fact included a number of recently identified stars. Some 17 new constellations appear here-including the Southern Triangle, the Peacock, the American Indian, and the Toucan-that were not described by Ptolemy. Most of the new southern stars were first published in 1612 by the Dutch cartographer and theologian Petrus Plancius, who had supplied astronomical instruments to a navigator with the Dutch East India Company.

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The Southern Stellar Hemisphere of Antiquity, plate 27 from Harmonia Microcosmica
Artist Life
German (active in the Netherlands)
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P.14,550
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Chart 27