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2003, 8.5 x 11", VIII+ 540 pages, 113 b/w figures, index, bibliography, glossary.

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Astronomy ~ Exploration & Discovery

Lost Stars

- Lost, Missing, and Troublesome Stars from the Catalogues of Johannes Bayer, Nicholas-Louis de Lacaille, John Flamsteed, and Sundry Others

by Morton Wagman (click for author info)

$59.95 Hardcover
ISBN 0-939923-78-5; 978-0-939923-78-6

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Lost Stars identifies the "lost stars" of Bayer, Lacaille, Flamsteed, and other pioneering astronomers of the 17th and 18th centuries and explains how and why these stars seem to have disappeared from star catalogues.

In a style that will appeal to the novice as well as the seasoned astronomer, Lost Stars provides an introduction to early modern astronomy. The author reviews the composition and history of the eighty-eight constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. The account for each constellation includes a synopsis in chart form that tells the reader at a glance how many lettered or numbered stars there are in the constellation and who first lettered, catalogued, and identified its stars. Lost Stars includes a complete set of star charts from the atlases of Bayer and Flamsteed, and detailed copies of Lacaille's chart of the Southern Hemisphere.