Globus Aerostaticus

Globus Aerostaticus (Latin for hot air balloon) or Ballon Aerostatique (the French equivalent) was a constellation created by Jérôme Lalande in 1798. It lay between the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus and Microscopium. It is no longer in use. [1]

Ballon Aerostatique can be seen, in part, at the bottom right of this 1825 star chart from Urania's Mirror.

The constellation was created to honor the invention of the Montgolfier brothers, who launched the first hot air balloon in the late eighteenth century.[1]


  1. ^ a b Barentine, John C. (2016). The Lost Constellations. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp. 163–176. ISBN 978-3-319-22794-8.

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