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A constellation introduced by the German astronomer Johann Bode on his Uranographia atlas of 1801, representing one of the mechanical wonders of the age, an electrostatic generator. Bode presumably was attempting to emulate the Frenchman Nicolas Louis de Lacaille who had introduced constellations representing scientific and technical inventions. However, Bode’s new constellations never achieved lasting acceptance. Machina Electrica lay in the southern sky between the modern Fornax and Sculptor, two Lacaille constellations.

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Machina Electrica, a constellation invented by Johann Bode and shown on his Uranographia star atlas of 1801.


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