"Plate XI", Bode, Johann Elert
Period: 1805 (published)
Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln
Color: Hand Color
9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm
This small celestial chart centers on the Cygnus (Swan) constellation of the northern hemisphere. The stars forming the swan's body resemble a cross, so sometimes this constellation is referred as the Northern Cross. Johann Elert Bode, a self-taught astronomer, served as director of the astronomical observatory of the Berlin Academy of Science for nearly 40 years. He edited the Astonomisches Jahrbuch every year from 1774 to 1826, and published several popular astronomy texts and atlases. This chart is from his revised atlas based on Fortin, in which he included a great many newly discovered stars.
References: Warner pp. 35-36, 2b.