Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.
—— Stephen Hawking
I have long been fascinated with the history of astronomy and astrology in the early modern period. In Vermeer’s pendant paintings The Geographer and The Astronomer, the protagonists are captured in deep contemplation over the mystery of the vast 17th-century land, ocean, and the sky. Unprecedented development in scientific instruments enabled natural philosophers to observe the world beyond earth with their own eyes for the first time. The empirical knowledge of the constellations accumulated from the past centuries, the rich imagination and dazzling visual embodiment associated with ancient mythology, the craftsmanship in the making of celestial globes and star maps, began to be confronted by evidence collected from ‘scientific’ observations.
The design of this calendar is based on the star map of the northern starry sky showing the constellations as figures designed by Carel Allard, a Dutch publisher and engraver.
In the upper corners there are maps for the Christian constellations of 1600.
Below are tables with which astronomical calculations can be carried out.
In the centre, lie the constellations.
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