Valuable star-guides for your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”
Star catalogues and atlases
Astronomy questions and answers – One of the most read star catalogues by sky gazers of old and new and a general star guide for your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” is John L. E. Dreyer’s New General Catalogue (NGC). The New General Catalogue was printed in 1888 and contains 7,840 entries about celestial objects in the night sky above your head, including many entries that are also included in other star catalogues compiled over the years.
The New General Catalogue contains entries about some of the most viewed objects in the night sky, like Andromeda Galaxy (NGC 224), the Orion Nebula (NGC 1976), and the Ring Nebula (NGC 6720). These same celestial objects are recorded in Messier’s catalogue as M31, M42, and M57, respectively, and they have surely been viewed and recorded by astronomers of civilisations throughout history.
All of the celestial objects recorded in the New General Catalogue are marked down according to their right ascension. This means that in the New General Catalogue one of the night sky’s most spectacular shows, NGC 7789 in Cassiopeia, will be entered as lying at right ascension 23h 57mi, near the end of the catalogue. Board your time-machine-to-the-stars and journey to this region of space and time and you’ll experience an infinity of stars that deepens as you journey further back in space and time.