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This webpage reproduces a section of
Star Names
Their Lore and Meaning

by
Richard Hinckley Allen

as reprinted
in the Dover edition, 1963

The text is in the public domain.

This page has been carefully proofread
and I believe it to be free of errors.
If you find a mistake though,
please let me know!

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p348 Quadrans Muralis, the Mural Quadrant,

between the right foot of Hercules, the left hand of Boötes, and the constellation Draco, was formed by La Lande in 1795, as a souvenir of the instrument with which he and his nephew, Michel Le Français, observed the stars subsequently incorporated under this title into the latter's Histoire Celeste Française.

It is the Mauer Quadrant of Stieler's Planisphere, and the Quadrante of the Italians, but is not figured by Argelander or Heis, nor recognized by modern astronomers.

It comes to the meridian with β Ursae Minoris on the 19th of June.

A rich meteor stream, the Quadrantids, radiates from this group on the 2d and 3d of January.


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