Amerigo Vespucci


Vespucci found the Magellanic Clouds in 1501 during his second expedition (20 years earlier than Magellan). Thus he is the very discoverer of NGC 292 (SMC); see: Dekker, E., The Light and the Dark: A Reassessment of the Discovery of the Coalsack Nebula, the Magellanic Clouds and the Southern Cross, Ann. of Sci. 47, 529-560 (1990). Only the Small Magellanic Cloud is in the NGC. The other one was too large for Dreyer to include it in the catalogue.

D N NI Y I T Observer Name Con Type S Author Title Source
1 N 292 1501 E v Magellan 1521 Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) TUC SBm 1 Vespucci, A. Mundus Novus 1504  Dekker, E., Ann. of Sci. 47, 529-560 (1990)

Vespucci's sketch of the SNC (from Dekker)