AMERICAN ASTRONOMER WHOSE STAR CATALOGS HELP FIX THE LIST OF CONSTELLATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND WHO FOUNDED THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL ONE OF THE PREMIER JOURNALS FOR ASTRONOMY IN THE WORLD
BENJAMIN APTHORP GOULD (1824-96) SIGNED CARD, “B. A. Gould, Cambridge, Mass., 1894 Jan. 12”, on a card 3 x 2.25, by the pioneering American astronomer noted for creating the Astronomical Journal (still published today), discovering the Gould Belt (a large scale feature of the Milky Way which he identified), and founding the Argentine National Observatory and the Argentine National Weather Service (the first in South America). In 1874 Gould completed his greatest work, the Uranometria Argentina (published 1879) which assigned Gould designations to all bright stars within 100 degrees of the south celestial pole in a manner similar to what John Flamsteed (1646-1719) had done for the northern hemisphere. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.