Thursday, September 13, 2012

Say Map!

My street light blew out covering my front yard with much needed darkness.  I took my telescope outside for the first time in a while and got a really good look at some stars.  I even saw the ring nebula which I would have never caught with that annoying street lamp.

Today I ran across a map of the stars - an old one dating back to 1693.  Here is a partial view of it:


It's pretty cool and you can see Andromeda and Pegasus in there.  You can find more images of the map here:
http://www.davidrumsey.com/blog/2012/8/21/mapping-the-heavens-in-1693

In fact, this site has 33,000 maps on it.  The main page for the site is http://www.davidrumsey.com/.  Of course, you could just click the link, but where would the fun in that be?  Try it this way -

Say map!


Louder!


(now click the link)



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