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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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A Catalogue of Stars
19 August 1998 7:00 pm
Today is the birthday of John Flamsteed, an English astronomer born in 1646 who produced important star catalogues. As the first Astronomer Royal at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, he recorded well over 20,000 observations and improved existing tables of star positions. His greatest achievement was his British Catalogue of 2884 Stars. Flamsteed was one of the few people who crossed swords with physicist Isaac Newton, whose demands for data he found burdensome.
[Source: Trevor I. Williams, Ed. A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists, Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons. New York. 1982.]