Star and Solar System Maps: A History of Celestial Cartography

  title={Star and Solar System Maps: A History of Celestial Cartography},
  author={Nick Kanas},
  journal={Research Notes of the AAS},
  • N. Kanas
  • Published 1 April 2021
  • Physics
  • Research Notes of the AAS
Since antiquity, people have observed the night sky. To establish order and predictability, people made maps of the heavens. Two kinds emerged. The first were star maps, organized into constellations but focused on stellar location in the sky. Stars were placed in a coordinate system, initially based on celestial latitude and longitude oriented to the ecliptic, but later based on decl. and R.A. oriented to the celestial equator. Over time, telescopic and scientific needs called for more…