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Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke
Deep-Sky Objects (catalogues, history, visual observing) - Cosmology - Theoretical Physics
Last update: 9 March 2014
we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of John
Herschel's "General catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters" (1864).
The following events took place in 1864 too:
April 1864 - Drawing of M 42 (Orion Nebula) by Samuel Hunter (Birr Castle)
2 May 1864 - Discovery of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies by Heinrich d’Arrest (Copenhagen)
6 May 1864 - Drawing of M 51 (Whirlpool Nebula) by Samuel Hunter (Birr Castle)
23 Nov. 1864 - Friedrich Georg Wilhelm v. Struve died (Pulkovo)
250 years ago (May-Aug.1764), Messier discovered M 3, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18-21, 23, 24, 26-30
Look here for other important anniversaries in 2014.
|For Michael Hoskin's latest book, The Construction of the Heavens: William Herschel's Cosmology (Cambridge University Press, January 2012), I have written comments about the involved deep-sky objects.|
The enhanced, English version of my comprehensive study on the history of the NGC has been published in August 2010 by Cambridge University Press. The 660-page book is titled Observing an Cataloguing Nebulae and Star Clusters - from Herschel to Dreyer's New General Catalogue. Look here for more details.
A comprehensive biography on Lord Rosse, editied by Charles Mollan, will appear in 2014, published by Manchester University Press. I contribute with a large chapter on "Birr Castle Observations of Non-stellar Objects and the Development of Nebular Theories".
Historic M - Historical data of Messier's catalogue (M)
Historic WH - Historical data of William Herschel's three catalogues (H) [completely revised version]
Historic JH - Historical data of John Herschel's Slough and Cape catalogues (h)
Historic Au - Historical data of Arthur Auwers' list of 50 new nebulae (Au)
Historic GC - Historical data of John Herschel's General Catalogue (GC) and Dreyer's "Supplement" (GCS)
Historic NGCIC - Historical data of Dreyer's New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index catalogue (IC)
NGC/IC Observers - Biographical information of all NGC/IC observers
Revised NGC/IC - Revised data and modern identifications for all NGC/IC objects [now with redshift/distance for galaxies]
Please give the source, when using this data! They are available only here - and not on the website of the NGC/IC project! Particularly the "Historically Corrected NGC" (HCNGC, Bob Erdmann), presented there, is a mere copy of an outdated version of my "Historic NGC" (without giving any acknowledgment).
My "Revised NGC/IC" is used in the NGC-IC Photographic Catalogue by Numazawa and Wakyia. The large-format, 720-page book shows DSS-images of all NGC/IC objects!
Selected papers (pdf):
|Further Content of my Homepage|
|Compact Galaxies, AGN, Quasars, and Variable Extragalactic Objects|
|Catalogue of Bright Quasars and BL Lacertae-Objects (KHQ)|
|Catalogue of Groups of Galaxies (KDG)|
|Bibliography (Books, Articles)|
|Membership in Astronomical Associations, Workgroups, and Projects|
|Short "Astronomical" Biography|
Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke
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