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    Re: The 57 Navigational Stars (and Zuben'ubi)
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2005 Apr 21, 17:29 EDT
    Herbert, quoting from the 1953 AmNA preface:
    " The names of the stars have been
    added to the list (now in alphabetical order) on the daily pages, and
    the time of meridian transit is omitted. In order to eliminate
    variations of usage, the list of 57 stars has been revised, and a few of
    the names have been altered, as noted on the inside front cover."
     
    I wonder why they felt it was necessary to fix the list at 57? They added six stars and deleted six others including Polaris, which always seems surprising.
     
    And you wrote:
    "This answers your question as far as the date and authorship of the
    final version of the list of 57 navigational stars is concerned. Sorry
    for not checking earlier. I never guessed that the only volume of an old
    post-war almanac that I have sitting around would be relevant to your
    question."
     
    Thanks for checking. A happy coincidence that you needed that volume for your astrology.  Wait... maybe it wasn't coincidence! Perhaps it was written in your stars... <g>
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
       
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