Asterisms, single-source and rebrands

John C.Barentine

UNCHARTED CONSTELLATIONS: Asterisms, single-source and rebrands 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: asterisms, 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.

Table of Contents

Technical note

Part I Celestial Odds and Ends

1. What Is a Constellation?
2. Asterisms, Single-Sourced Constellations, and "Rebrands"

PART II The Lost Constellations

3. The Battery of Volta
4. Caput Medusae
5. Corona Firmiana
6. Gladii Electorales Saxonici
7. Leo Palatinus
8. Lochium Funis
9. Marmor Sculptile
10. Norma Nilotica
11. Phaeton
12. Polyphylax
13. Pomum Imperiale
14. Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae
15. Sciurus Volans
16. Solarium

Appendix A The Constellations and Asterisms of Petrus Apianus (1524-1536)
Appendix B The Constellations of John Hill (1754)
Appendix C The Modern Constellations


Extent: 222 pages, Black and white images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-319-27618-2

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