The Star Catalogue Commonly Appended to the Alfonsine Tables

  title={The Star Catalogue Commonly Appended to the Alfonsine Tables},
  author={Paul Kunitzsch},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={89 - 98}
  • P. Kunitzsch
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
In earlier works on the history of star names! the Alfonsine Tables, or "the authors of the Alfonsine Tables", or summarily "the Alfonsinians", were often made responsible for the introduction of new Arabic material into the corpus of star names traditionally transmitted, and continuously used until today, in mediaeval Western, and modern, astronomy. Owing to the knowledge we now have of a considerably larger number of original sources, both Oriental and Occidental, and our better understanding… 
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