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Urania's Mirror

1824

Urania's Mirror, or a view of the Heavens was first published in November 1824 as a set of 32 astronomical star chart cards. The illustrations are based on Alexander Jamieson's Celestial Atlas. Until this day, it is one of the most popular creations of star charts.

The colorful cards were designed by the Reverend Richard Rouse Bloxam and engraved by British engraver and cartographer Sidney Hall. In addition, they had holes punched in them allow them to be held up to a light to see a depiction of the constellation's stars. The cover of the box-set depicts Urania, the muse of astronomy.

On 32 separate cards, Urania's Mirror illustrates 80 constellations. Some of the illustrated constellations are now obsolete. Some other constellations are now known by other, simplified names. In the alphabetical listing, we have linked every constellation to its equivalent in the 88 IAU constellations.

For more references to those constellations check Wikipedia's "List of Former Constellations" and Ian Ridpath's "Obsolete Constellations".

The cards are sorted by the constellation's location in the night sky and most of them contain more than one constellation. We present them here in numerical order - a table in alphabetical order with the corresponding card for each constellation can be found below the images.

All images were obtained from Wikipedia's public domain.

Sources: Wikipedia, atlascoelestis.com

Click on the pictures for larger images.


Plate 1
Draco and Ursa Minor
Plate 2
Camelopardalis, Tarandus and
Custos Messium
Plate 3
Cassiopeia
Plate 4
Cepheus
Plate 5
Gloria Frederici, Andromeda, and Triangula
Plate 6
Perseus and Caput Medusae;
Plate 7
Auriga
Plate 8
Lynx and Telescopium Herschilii
Plate 9
Ursa Major
Plate 10
Bo÷tes, Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices,
Quadrans Muralis and Mons Maenalus
Plate 11
Hercules, Ramus Pomifer
and Corona Borealis
Plate 12
Taurus Poniatovii, Serpentarius,
Scutum Sobiesky and Serpens
Plate 13
Delphinus, Sagitta, Aquila and Antinous
Plate 14
Lacerta, Cygnus, Lyra
and Vulpecula & Anser
Plate 15
Pegasus and Equuleus
Plate 16
Aries and Musca Borealis
Plate 17
Taurus
Plate 18
Gemini
Plate 19
Cancer
Plate 20
Leo Major and Leo Minor
Plate 21
Virgo
Plate 22
Libra
Plate 23
Scorpio
Plate 24
Sagittarius, Corona Australis,
Microscopium and Telescopium
Plate 25
Capricornus
Plate 26
Aquarius, Piscis Australis
Ballon Aerostatique
Plate 27
Pisces
Plate 28
Psalterium Georgii, Fluvius Eridanus,
Cetus, Officina Sculptoris,
Fornax Chemica and Machina Electrica
Plate 29
Orion
Plate 30
Canis Major, Lepus,
Columba Noachi and Cela Sculptoris
Plate 31
Monoceros, Canis Minor
and Atelier Typographique
Plate 32
Noctua, Corvus, Crater, Sextans Uraniæ, Hydra, Felis, Lupus, Centaurus, Antlia Pneumatica, Argo Navis and Pyxis Nautica

Constellations in alphabetical order

Constellation

Andromeda
Antinous
Antlia Pneumatica
Aquarius
Aquila
Argo Navis
Aries
Officina Typographica
Auriga
Globus Aerostaticus
Bo÷tes
Camelopardalis
Cancer
Canes Venatici
Canis Major
Canis Minor
Capricornus
Caput Medusae
Cassiopeia
Cela Sculptoris
Centaurus
Cepheus
Cetus
Columba
Coma Berenices
Corona Australis
Corona Borealis

Plate

5
13
32
26
13
32
16
31
7
26
10
2
19
10
30
31
25
6
3
30
32
4
28
30
10
24
11

Constellation

Corvus
Crater
Custos Messium
Cygnus
Delphinus
Draco
Equuleus
Felis
Eridanus
Fornax Chemica
Gemini
Gloria Frederici
Hercules
Hyda
Lacerta
Leo
Leo Minor
Lepus
Libra
Lupus
Lynx
Lyra
Machina Electrica
Microscopium
Monoceros
Mons Maenalus
Musca
Noctua

Plate

32
32
2
14
13
1
15
32
28
28
18
5
11
32
14
20
20
30
22
32
8
14
28
24
31
10
16
32

Constellation

Officina Sculptoris
Orion
Pegasus
Perseus
Pisces
Piscis Australis
Psalterium Georgii
Pyxis Nautica
Quadrans Muralis
Ramus Pomifer
Sagitta
Sagittarius
Scorpius
Scutum Sobiesky
Serpens
Serpentarius
Sextants Uraniae
Tarandus
Taurus Poniatovii
Taurus
Telescopium Herschelii
Telescopium
Triangula
Ursa Major
Ursa Minor
Virgo
Vulpecula & Anser

Plate

28
29
15
6
27
26
28
32
10
11
13
24
23
12
12
12
32
2
12
17
8
24
5
9
1
21
14


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