Robur Carolinum

  • John C. Barentine
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The introduction of this constellation (Fig. 22.1) is attributed to Edmond Halley in honor of his patron, King Charles II of England. At the time of its introduction, Halley was recently returned to England from a trip to the South Atlantic island of St. Helena in 1676 to observe and catalog stars of the southern hemisphere. He presented the results of the survey to the Royal Society in 1678 and published them the following year in Catalogus Stellarum Australium. His citation read, “In memory of the hiding place that saved Charles II of Great Britain etc., deservedly translated to the heavens forever.” His flattery of the King paid off: as Richard Hinckley Allen (1899) put it, “This invention secured for Halley his master’s degree from Oxford, in 1678, by the king’s express command.”


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  • John C. Barentine
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  1. 1.TucsonUSA

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