The Centaurus Constellation

Johann Bayer1661

Fundación Elkano

Fundación Elkano
Getaria, Spain

Engraving of Centaurus from Johann Bayer's star atlas entitled Uranometria Omnium Asterismorum.

Published in 1801, it is a beautiful star atlas which gives the position in the sky of the stars, constellations, and other astronomical objects that were known at the time of writing. It contains 18 maps and two planispheres showing around 17,000 stars and 2,500 nebulas, uniting all the astronomical objects described in previous centuries from detailed observations of the firmament.


  • Title: The Centaurus Constellation
  • Creator: Johann Bayer
  • Date: 1661
  • Location: United States
  • Original Source: Biblioteca del Observatorio Naval de los Estados Unidos

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