Lacaille’s Caelum


On his 1756 planisphere Nicolas Louis de Lacaille showed Caelum as a pair of crossed engraving tools tied together with a ribbon. He named the constellation les Burins. This was Latinized to Caelum Scalptorium on the second edition of the chart in 1763. For a zoomable version of the second edition, see here. This illustration comes from a copy of Lacaille’s original map published in the popular-level Atlas Céleste of Jean Fortin. (Image © Ian Ridpath.)

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