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Maximilian Hell

* 1720 in Schemnitz/Slovakia
+ 1792 in Vienna


   


Maximilian Hell

Maximilian Hell was an astronomer and an ordained Jesuit priest from the Kingdom of Hungary.
Hell became the director of the Vienna Observatory in 1756.
He published the astronomical tables Ephemerides astronomicae ad meridianum Vindobonemsem
("Ephemerides for the Meridian of Vienna").
He and his assistant JŠnos Sajnovics went to VardÝ in the far north of Norway (then part of Denmark-Norway)
to observe the 1769 transit of Venus.



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