History of the Constellations

Atlas Descriptions


The best starting point for exploring the history of celestial atlases is the superb online exhibit at Linda Hall Library, Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas, by William B. Ashworth, Jr., and Bruce Bradley. Access this exhibit at http://www.lindahall.org/events_exhib/exhibit/ex_atlas.shtml. The exhibit provides a brief historical overview with spectacular images, commentary, and interesting comparisons of depictions from a variety of atlases. Tip: Click the index link in the Out of This World exhibit to navigate directly to a page describing any particular author or atlas. Linda Hall Library is also preparing digitized versions of several interesting celestial atlases accessed through their Digital Services and Collections. These include Bayer (1603), Flamsteed (1776); Goldbach (1799) and Reissig (1829).

Other important websites for the history of celestial atlases include:

Exhibit credit: Kerry Magruder.

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These teaching resources provided by the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma.

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