uranography

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uranography

[‚yu̇r·ə′näg·rə·fē]
(astronomy)
The science of mapping stars, groups of stars, and star clusters.
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Influenced by the ancient habit of uranographers, he portrayed the rear-view of many human constellation figures, including the famous Orion (shown below).
Celestial cartography of the southern hemisphere took a significant step forward in 1595 when, prior to an expedition to the East Indies, Dutch uranographer Petrus Plancius asked Pieter Dirckszoon Keyzer, chief navigator of the expedition's flagship, Hollandia, to make observations that would fill in the blank areas around the south celestial pole on contemporary maps.
He thanks Owen Gingerich, Research Professor of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University, and renowned uranographer Wil Tirion for their valuable advice in preparing this article.