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Long Lost Star Catalog Found in Plain Sight

By Bjorn Carey
The long lost star catalog of Hipparchus has been under our noses – or, more accurately, slightly above them – for more than 1,800 years.
Sitting atop the broad shoulders of a seven-foot statue known as the Farnese Atlas is a sky globe depicting the nighttime sky. Scientists have been able to match the constellations shown on the globe with descriptions from Hipparchus’s only surviving work, Commentaries, and have concluded that this is a marble copy of his star catalog.

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