16th Century Astrolabe

16th Century Astrolabe

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Caption: Astrolabe of Michel Piquer (1542-1580). The astrolabe is an early time-telling instrument used to calculate the positions of the sun and stars in the sky at a given moment and location. Developed in the Islamic world, the astrolabe was used to determine prayer times and the direction to Mecca.

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