A cropped version of this image has been floating around on Twitter recently:


When first I saw it, my thought was “Wow, and I thought manga was weird!”

Once source offers this hard-to-scrute academic citation for the image: “Von den 36 Sternbildern, Regensburg ca. 1491. Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. Pal. Germ. 832, fol. 92r.” Well, that tells me … nothing! (Although it would probably serve as a finding aid if I were in Heidelberg.)

Slightly more illuminating is this Google Books search result. It would seem that “Astronochus” was a constellation name, and that our “centaur-like” many-breasted beast was the fanciful animal shape imagined to be depicted in the stars.

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