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After tending his crops for the day, Banneker would eagerly turn to his astronomy. He soon began to keep a manuscript journal of his calculations on the projection of eclipses and other astronomical predictions. He always shared his work with George, seeking approval on his projections from the man he considered his vast superior in the subject. Banneker's aptitude for astronomy never failed to impress George, stimulating Banneker's confidence in his own abilities as an astronomer. He began to consider preparing his own ephemeris, which led to the idea that he might even be able to compile his own almanac. He dared not to think about whether the finished product could be publishable material, but he set that doubt in the back of his mind, and in early 1790, he began to construct his tables.

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