Riding the wave


The geeks called it "Cameolopardis" because it had the head of a camel and the spots of a leopard. J. Hevel (1611-1687), generally known by the Latinized form of his name in Hevelius, lived in Gdansk, where he built an observatory in 1641. To him is due the outline of the constellation of the Giraffe, which is large but faint, formed by some stars of low brightness, bordering on the Big Bear, the Little Bear, Cassiopeia, Perseus and Auriga.