n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Circinus a handy tool

Volume 68, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



While at the Cape of Good Hope in 1752, the astronomer Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) created a constellation among the stars which he named after the Geometer's Drawing Compass - a tool which, in his mind, was very new, handy and essential for building ships that sail the seas to discover new horizons and eventually new land.

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