Magnificent celestial map, crafted by C.F. Weiland and diligently revised according to Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander's "Neuer Uranometrie."
The map is a comprehensive representation of the starry sky as understood in the mid-19th century. The title pays homage to the profound contributions of earlier astronomers including Johann Elert Bode, John Flamsteed, and others, suggesting the deep historical and scientific foundation on which this map rests.
The map presents an expansive view of the cosmos, featuring a rich tapestry of constellations, stars, and other celestial bodies. Constellations are meticulously rendered, depicted as mythological figures and animals according to classical tradition. Each star is positioned with striking accuracy, their brightness indicated through varying sizes and intensities of the symbols used.
The map is also notable for its use of a coordinate grid, a testament to the scientific rigor of the period. This grid, subtly incorporated into the design, allows for precise location of celestial bodies and demonstrates the map's function as both a work of art and a practical tool for astronomers.
Weiland's celestial map is further enhanced by its aesthetic appeal. The dark background creates a deep, space-like ambience, while the intricately drawn constellations and stars appear to glow against this backdrop, capturing the awe-inspiring beauty of the night sky.