Bears, Bulls and Airpumps: The Origin of the Constellations

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Have you ever wondered why the constellation patterns in the sky have such peculiar names? More to the point, why is it that the patterns look nothing like the birds, beasts or bits-and-pieces they are named after? And how on earth do you get to tell one star pattern from another?

The lecture will offer answers to these questions, uncovering a rich and varied cultural and scientific story along the way.

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This event was on Fri, 03 Feb 1995


Professor Heather Couper

Professor of Astronomy

Heather Couper was the Gresham Professor of Astronomy between 1993 and 1996.

After studying Astrophysics at Oxford University, Professor Couper ran the Greenwich Planetarium, and...

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