Map of the Skies

New York World

To photograph and map out the entire heavens—to search, with the camera the profoundest depths of space—to bring to light all the heavenly bodies far beyond the vision of the most powerful telescope—to tabulate and catalogue millions of stars—is the stupendous task which the International Astrographic Congress set itself to perform when it convened in Paris, April 16, 1887.

The work of this Congress is nearly completed, and already sections of the star charts are being printed and sent to the eighteen different observatories interested in the undertaking.

Mapping the entire heavens will prove an epoch-making enterprise. Future generations will chronicle the achievement as one of the greatest of this century, and each astronomer aiding the work will hold a charter to fame.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Reply to an Editorial
January 17, 1901

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.