Andromeda Galaxy Described in Ancient Poem

Roman nobleman, Rufus Festus Avienus initially described Andromeda Galaxy, M31 in his fourth century astronomical poem describing Andromeda’s bonds as “thin clouds”. The first astronomical work describing the galaxy was a star catalogue, The Book of the Fixed Stars published in 964 by Muslim astronomer, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi. In 1611, the German astronomer Simon Marius first observed the Andromeda galaxy by telescope describing it as “looking like a candle seen at night through a horn”, Immanuel Kant, German philosopher suggested “Andromeda nebula was in fact a distant body of stars that was not part of the Milky Way”, whose theory was confirmed by Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer working at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, USA.

      300 CE
      Rufus Festus Avienus
      Rome, Italy

Additional Information:

  • Andromeda (mythology) – Wikipedia
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  • Aniara – Wikipedia
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  • Was Andromeda Black? – The Root
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  • The Child in Time | The New Yorker
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