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The branch of astronomy concerned with mapping the positions of stars, galaxies, and other celestial bodies on the celestial sphere and with studying historical celestial maps. Also called celestial cartography.

[Greek ouranos, sky + -graphy.]

u′ra·no·graph′ic (-nə-grăf′ĭk) adj.


(Astronomy) obsolete the branch of astronomy concerned with the description and mapping of the stars, galaxies, etc
ˌuraˈnographer, ˌuraˈnographist n
uranographic, ˌuranoˈgraphical adj


(ˌyʊər əˈnɒg rə fi)

the branch of astronomy concerned with the description and mapping of the heavens, and esp. of the fixed stars.
[1640–50; < Greek ouranographía]


the astronomical study and mapping of the heavens, especially the fixed stars. — uranographer, uranographist, n. — uranographic, uranographi-cal, adj.
See also: Heaven
the branch of astronomy that deals with the description of the heavens by constructing maps and charts, especially of the fixed stars. Also called uranology. — uranographer, uranographist, n. — uranographic, uranographical, adj.
See also: Astronomy


The astronomical study and mapping of the stars and galaxies.
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Written by astronomy author James Mullaney and with charts by leading uranographer Wil Tirion, this atlas is a companion volume to the Cambridge Double Star Atlas by the same authors and is printed to the same scale and in the same spiral bound format.
On reading The Origin of Species, Thomas Huxley famously remarked 'Why didn't I think of that?' That's how I felt on opening The Cambridge Double Star Atlas, a collaboration between longtime observer James Mullaney and renowned uranographer Wil Tirion.
This collection of telescopic photos and illustrations by uranographer Wil Tirion and lunar cartographer Antonin Rukl covers all the objects visible in the northern and southern skies.
Walk's charts (by famous uranographer Wil Tirion) show only stars that one can make out in bright suburban skies.
Celestial cartography of the southern hemisphere took a significant step forward in 1595 when, prior to an expedition to the East Indies, Dutch uranographer Petrus Plancius asked Pieter Dirckszoon Keyzer, chief navigator of the expedition's flagship, Hollandia, to make observations that would fill in the blank areas around the south celestial pole on contemporary maps.