Histoire céleste française

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Histoire céleste française (French Celestial History) is an astrometric star catalogue published in 1801 by the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande and his staff at the Paris Observatory. This star catalog consists of the locations and apparent magnitudes of 47,390 stars, up to magnitude 9.[1] Stars are identified by common name, Bayer designation or Flamsteed designation, when available. It also contains observations of other astronomical phenomena. It was the largest and most complete star catalog of its day. This publication is a collection of several books of astronomical recordings taken over the previous decade at the observatory.

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A significant rewriting of this popular catalog was published by Francis Baily in 1847. It is from this catalog that the star reference numbers were assigned that continue in use to this day, such as for Lalande 21185.[2]

Modern star catalogs, such as SIMBAD, use the format LAL NNNNN where NNNNN is the 1847 catalog reference number, from 1 to 47390.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ken Croswell. "Joseph-Jérôme de Lalande". thomaspynchon.com. Mason-Dixon. Archived from the original on 2009-07-21.
  2. ^ Baily, F. (1847), A catalogue of those stars in the "Histoire céleste française" of J. De Lalande for which tables of reduction to the session define format EPOCH1 = 1800 have been published by Professor Schumacher, London: British Association for the Advancement of Science, Bibcode:1950Lalan1847....0B
  3. ^ SIMBAD, ©UDS/CNRS SIMBAD Lalande stars (retrieved 23:20, 11 September 2009).

Further readingEdit

  • Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande (1801). Histoire céleste française (in French). tome premier. Paris: Imprimerie de la République.

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