CAS Monthly Meeting – Topic: Astronomy on the Ceiling by Larry Faltz, Westchester Amateur Astronomers, Valhalla, NY

CAS Monthly Meeting – Topic: Astronomy on the Ceiling by Larry Faltz, Westchester Amateur Astronomers, Valhalla, NY

This meeting is via Zoom invitation to CAS members. Watch your email for the invitation.

Larry is a Past President (2013-2018) and now the Newsletter Editor of Westchester Amateur Astronomers.

The immense Main Concourse ceiling of Grand Central Station, Manhattan, NYC, is an elliptical barrel vault bearing an elaborate celestial Zodiacal mural painted with more than 2,500 stars in gold set against a turquoise backdrop. The displayed constellations, their positioning and visual perspective offered to the earthly commuter below inspired Larry to investigate the history of describing, naming and depicting the Constellations (as known to our Western civilization) from 370 BC to the present time. The listener will be introduced to long forgotten Greeks and Romans, mythology and history, both ancient and modern, celestial cartographers of the 16th and 17th Century, artists, events and organizations that eventually culminated in the “accepted” 88 constellations by the IAU in the 1930s for use by “modern, professional” astronomers.

Join us to “peek behind the curtain” and learn of Eudoxus, Eratosthenes, and Aratus, the Renaissance depicters of the Heavens to the creation of modern celestial cartography.  “Leo and Lynx and Ursa, Oh My!” “


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