Big Star Catalog

In the year 1675 King Charles hired a man for a big job. John Flamsteed life’s work was to make a catalog of stars for ships’ navigators. He was a good astronomer, but a hopelessly slow mathematician. When he died, 44 years later, the catalog was not yet finished, but it wouldn’t have mattered, because by then navigational technology changed and his system would have been useless.

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