Timeline of astronomical maps, catalogs, and surveys

Timeline of astronomical maps, catalogs, and surveys

Timeline of astronomical maps, catalogs and surveys

* ca. 1800 BC - Babylonian star catalog
* ca. 350 BC - Shi Shen's star catalog has almost 800 entries
* ca. 300 BC - star catalog of Timocharis of Alexandria
* ca. 134 BC - Hipparchus makes a detailed star map
* ca. 140 - Ptolemy completes his "Almagest", which contains a catalog of stars, observations of planetary motions, and treatises on geometry and cosmology
* ca. 750 - The first Zij treatise, "Az-Zij ‛alā Sinī al-‛Arab", written by Ibrahim al-Fazari and Muhammad al-Fazari
* ca. 777 - Yaqūb ibn Tāriq's "Az-Zij al-Mahlul min as-Sindhind li-Darajat Daraja"
* ca. 830 - Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī's "Zij al-Sindhind"
* ca. 840 - Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī's "Compendium of the Science of the Stars"
* ca. 900 - Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī's "Az-Zij as-Sabi"
* 964 - Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī's star catalog "Book of the Fixed Stars"
* 1088 - The first almanac is the "Almanac of Azarqueil" written by Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī (Azarqueil)
* 1115-1116 - Al-Khazini's "Az-Zij as-Sanjarī" ("Sinjaric Tables")
* ca. 1150 - Gerard of Cremona publishes "Tables of Toledo" based on the work of Azarqueil
* 1252-1270 - "Alfonsine tables" recorded
* 1272 - Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī's "Zij-i Ilkhani" ("Ilkhanic Tables")
* 1395 - Cheonsang Yeolcha Bunyajido star map created at the order of King Taejo
* ca. 1400 - Jamshīd al-Kāshī's "Khaqani Zij"
* 1437 - Publication of Ulugh Beg's "Zij-i-Sultani"
* late 16th century - Tycho Brahe updates Ptolemy's "Almagest"
* 1577-1580 - Taqi al-Din's "Unbored Pearl"
* 1603 - Johann Bayer's "Uranometria"
* 1678 - Edmund Halley publishes a catalog of 341 southern stars, the first systematic southern sky survey
* 1726 - Posthumous publication of John Flamsteed's "Historia Coelestis Britannica"
* 1771 - Charles Messier publishes his first list of nebulae
* 1862 - Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander publishes his final edition of the "Bonner Durchmusterung" catalog of stars north of declination -1°.
* 1864 - John Herschel publishes the "General Catalogue" of nebulae and star clusters
* 1887 - Paris conference institutes "Carte du Ciel" project to map entire sky to 14th magnitude photographically
* 1890 - John Dreyer publishes the "New General Catalogue" of nebulae and star clusters
* 1932 - Harlow Shapley and Adelaide Ames publish "A Survey of the External Galaxies Brighter than the Thirteenth Magnitude", later known as the "Shapley-Ames Catalog"
* 1950-1957 - Completion of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS) with the Palomar 48-inch Schmidt optical reflecting telescope. Actual date quoted varies upon source.
* 1962 - A.S. Bennett of the Cambridge Radio Astronomy Group publishes the Revised 3C Catalogue of 328 radio sources
* 1965 - Gerry Neugebauer and Robert Leighton begin a 2.2 micrometre sky survey with a 1.6-meter telescope on Mount Wilson
* 1982 - IRAS space observatory completes an all-sky mid-infrared survey
* 1990 - Publication of APM Galaxy Survey of 2+ million galaxies, to study Large-scale structure of the cosmos
* 1991 - ROSAT space observatory begins an all-sky X-ray survey
* 1993 - Start of the 20 cm VLA FIRST survey
* 1997 - Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) commences, first version of Hipparcos Catalogue published
* 1998 - Sloan Digital Sky Survey commences
* 2003 - 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey published; 2MASS completes

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