Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

d’Agelet, Joseph

Reference work entry

Born Thonne-la-Long, (Meuse), France, 1751

Died 1788

In 1783, French astronomer Joseph d’Agelet was cataloging stars when one (WY Sagittae) disappeared from view. For more than a century d’Agelet’s Star perplexed observers. Then, in the 1950s, Lick Observatory astronomers in California located a faint star at the same coordinates. D’Agelet had happened to catch a nova.

Selected References

  1. Baum, Richard (1973). The Planets: Some Myths and Realities. Devon, England: David and Charles Ltd.Google Scholar
  2. Weaver, Harold F. (1951). “The Identification of D’Agelet’s Nova Sagittae of 1783.” Astrophysical Journal113: 320–323.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA