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[huh-vey-lee-uh s; German hey-vey-lee-oo s]
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  1. JohannesJohann Hewel or Hewelke, 1611–87, Polish astronomer: charted the moon's surface and discovered four comets.
  2. a walled plain in the second quadrant of the face of the moon: about 100 miles (160 km) in diameter.
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Historical Examples

  • Hevelius gives the double date, 15⁄25, which is evidently right.

    The Story of Eclipses

    George Chambers

  • In the time of Hevelius, Mira was once invisible for four years.

  • It was named Lacerta by Hevelius in 1690, and this name it still retains.

  • Ptolemy catalogued 19 stars, Tycho Brahe 18, and Hevelius 47.

  • His lunar observations revealed 600 spots on the moon, which is fifty more than had been found by Hevelius.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for hevelius


  1. Johannes (joˈhanəs). 1611–87, German astronomer, who published one of the first detailed maps of the lunar surface
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