Astrolabe

Astrolabe

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Credit: TOMSICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Gilded brass astrolabe from circa 1500, 13.4 diameter, on display in the Museo Storia Scienza, Firenze, Italy. The astrolabe is a historical astronomical instrument used by classical astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars; determining local time (given local latitude) and vice-versa; surveying; and triangulation.

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Keywords: 16th century, antique, astrolabe, astronomical, astronomy, gilded brass astrolabe, historical, history, object, renaissance, science, scientific instrument, still life

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