Edward Heis

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Catholic astronomer. He taught mathematics and sciences in the gymnasium of Cologne, Germany from 1827 to 1837, in the high school at Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany from 1837 to 1852, and in the Academy (now University) of Munster from 1852 to 1877. His treatises dealt with his observations of auroral light, sun-spots, comets, zodiacal light, etc. During the Kulturkampf he championed Catholicism. Founded the Journal of Astronomy, Meteorology and Geography. First ascertained the point of departure of meteors. Drew up a chart of naked-eye stars visible from Central Europe, which indicated 5,421 stars, included the first authentic map of the Milky Way, and has been used as a basis for other star charts. Made valuable observations of variable stars.

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  • “Edward Heis”. People of the Faith. Saints.SQPN.com. 7 August 2010. Web. 22 September 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/edward-heis/>