[NetBehaviour] Historical Celestial Atlases on the Web.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon May 1 12:51:42 CEST 2006
Historical Celestial Atlases on the Web.
Man has always been fascinated with the solemn and mysterious parade of
the celestial luminaries in the night sky. As the earliest-known texts
of various ancient cultures attest, the stars were commonly grouped into
constellations which were believed to represent divine persons, sacred
animals and other objects of religious importance.
Of course, each of the major cultures stemming from of the Near East,
the Far East and the New World developed an indigenous system of
constellation figures and associated legends which were recorded in
written texts or depicted in maps or on globes.
Of these various constellation systems, the Sumerian/Babylonian system
of constellations would prove to be the most influential as it was their
system that through successive adoptions, modifications and additions by
Greek/Roman, Islamic and European astronomers evolved into the
mathematically defined system of 88 constellations that is currently
employed in the international astronomical community.
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