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Name Hevelius, Johannes
Other names Johann Hewel (German)
Johann Hewelcke
Jan Heweliusz (Polish)
Life Dates 1611-1687
Born: Gdansk, Poland
Died: Gdansk, Poland
Nationality Polish
Occupation Astronomer
Notes Hevelius was an astronomer who created one of the earliest atlases of the surface of the moon (Selenographia, published in 1647), as well as one of the most comprehensive early catalogs of over 1500 stars and an atlas of constellations. Both the celestial atlas and star catalog were published after his death (Prodromus Astronomiae, 1690).
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Image of Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.15

Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.15

(Astronomical instruments), engraving from "Selenographia: sive, Lunae Descriptio," 1647, by Johannes Hevelius. Published Danzig: Andreas Hunefeld for the author, 1647. In "Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio (Selenography, or A Description of The Moon)" Hevelius reflected on the differences between his work and that of Galileo Galilei. Selenography... became one of the standard works on the Moon for over a century.

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.13

Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.13

"Pars Constellationis Aquarii, cum novis fixis in eadem observatis," engraving from "Selenographia: sive, Lunae Descriptio," 1647, by Johannes Hevelius. Published Danzig: Andreas Hunefeld for the author, 1647 In "Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio (Selenography, or A Description of The Moon)" Hevelius reflected on the differences between his work and that of Galileo Galilei. Selenography... became one of the standard works on the Moon for over a century. This particular print shows the constellation of Aquarius.

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.14

Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.14

"Figura Primaria Phasium et Lunationum," engraving from "Selenographia: sive, Lunae Descriptio," 1647, by Johannes Hevelius. Published Danzig: Andreas Hunefeld for the author, 1647. In "Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio (Selenography, or A Description of The Moon)" Hevelius reflected on the differences between his work and that of Galileo Galilei. Selenography... became one of the standard works on the Moon for over a century.

Image of Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.16

Art-2D Collection - 2015.20.16

"Gedani, Anno aerae Christianae, 1644. Cureus Macularum, a 27 August. ad 8 Oct.," engraving from "Selenographia: sive, Lunae Descriptio," 1647, by Johannes Hevelius. Published Danzig: Andreas Hunefeld for the author, 1647. In "Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio (Selenography, or A Description of The Moon)" Hevelius reflected on the differences between his work and that of Galileo Galilei. Selenography... became one of the standard works on the Moon for over a century.