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List of NG magazines dealing with astronomy and astronautics since 1890


I listed on my web all National Geographic magazines dealing with astronomy and astronautics since 1928 but 'd like to extend it to the beginning, by 1890. Currently I have gathered ~100 issues (they are probably some more) so in average there is about one issue per year (less in the past than nowadays). 

The page displays each cover with the date, vol and number of the magazine, the subject and as far as possible a screenshot of the map or poster if it includes one.

In addition links are provided to bookshop selling back issues.

See at

The page is written in French but as an image is worth thousand words in all langages, I think that the the page is self explanatory ;-)

Hope this help


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Hi Tom.

I had forgotten that on ;-)

For the star map on the cup, I read the small paper on NGS web. I am not sure that he enter in my category but rather in archeology or archeoastronony.

In all case, thanks for the info.


Hi Thierry,

I don't know if you are interested in this one.  The May 1919 National Geographic has an article entitled "Helium, the New Balloon Gas".  In it the author discusses how Helium was discovered on the sun during a solar eclipse years before it was ever found on earth.  It also has a photograph of a solar eclipse.


Hi Tom,

Indeed. it is not at strictio senso a paper about astronomy, but why not. I included it in the list.




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