Monday, December 27, 2004

Hevelius, Johannes

(Latin), German  Johann Hewel , or  Johann Howelcke , Polish  Jan Heweliusz  astronomer who compiled an atlas of the Moon (Selenographia, published 1647) containing one of the earliest detailed maps of its surface as well as names for many of its features. A few of his names for lunar mountains (e.g., the Alps) are still in use, and a lunar crater is named for him. Hevelius also made a catalog of 1,564 stars, the most comprehensive of its time,


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