Urania’s Mirror constellation cards

Orion the Hunter, from Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUConstellation figures make the star patterns of the constellations memorable and easier to learn. Each card illustrates one or a few constellations. Each set includes a “Things to do” card listing many activities for all ages using the cards. For example, print the cards on cardstock, and punch holes in the positions of the brightest stars; then hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.

Card sets will appear below for several of the major historical star atlases. Look for them to appear over the spring semester 2016. We begin with the original Urania’s Mirror, a boxed set of 32 constellation cards published in London in 1825.

  1. Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUUrania’s Mirror, Original edition:
    Urania’s Mirror (London, 1825).
    Displayed at the National Weather Center

  2. Urania’s Mirror, Ptolemy edition:
    Ptolemy, Opera (Basel, 1541).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  3. Urania’s Mirror, Bayer edition:
    Johann Bayer, Uranometria (Ulm, 1661; orig. publ. 1603).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  4. Urania’s Mirror, Hevelius edition:
    Johann Hevelius, Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (Gdansk, 1690).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  5. Urania’s Mirror, Flamsteed edition:
    John Flamsteed, Atlas coelestis (London, 1729).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  6. Urania’s Mirror, Bode edition:
    Johann Bode, Uranographia (Berlin, 1801).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  7. Urania’s Mirror, Mix and Match edition:
    Constellation cards from a variety of star atlases.
    Displayed at various locations during Galileo’s World. (coming soon)

Each of these constellation card sets are made available cc-by-nc-sa courtesy of the OU Academy of the Lynx, History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries, as part of the Galileo’s World exhibition. For additional Open Educational Resources, see the OER page.

Parental and educator advisory note: The facial expressions on some figures relate them to stories in traditional mythology which may not seem pleasant for the youngest children. Constellation figures from these historical sources likely include artistic nudity.

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