Southern celestial map. Historical map of the sky of the southern hemisphere, showing the stars and mythological drawings of the constellations. This map is centred on the geographic south pole, with the plane of the ecliptic (arching through upper centre) showing the constellations of the southern zodiac. The zodiac shows the Sun's passage through the sky throughout the year, and does not align to the geographic equator because the Earth is tilted on its axis. The relative brightness of the stars is shown, as well as the Milky Way. Map published in Germany in 1795.
About the Artist - Science, Industry & Business Librarynew York Public Library
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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