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Astronomicum Caesareum, May 1540. Michael Ostendorfer / Hand-colored woodcuts / This most sumptuous of all Renaissance instructive manuals explained the use of the astrolabe (for calculating the altitude of stars) and other instruments used for computing planetary positions.
Astrolabe, dated A.H. 496 / A.D. 1102–1103. Islamic Culture, Iran. Brass. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Museo Galileo: Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence (1105) | This work is featured in the “Courts & Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs” exhibition, on view through July 24,2016. #CourtandCosmos #CosmicWonders
ENVIRONMENTS: From 1352–1354, the Strasbourg Cathedral (better known as Notre-Dame)’s first astronomical clock, L’horloge de Trois Rois, was built. It had several details that were rare during that time, like a calendar and astrolabe, and every hour statues representing the three Kings stepped out of their chambers in front of the statue of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, music accompanying them. It stopped working in the early 16th century, and has since been replaced twice (current one…
didactic armillary sphere made by Professor H. Albrecht Berlin late 19th century
I could not find any details on this. Note the bigger sundial is made to work in the Northern Hemisphere but the smaller, more intricate sundial inside the bigger one is for the Southern Hemisphere. Why they are together like this is a mystery. Anyone knows more?