18th century Armillary sphere

18th century Armillary sphere

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Armillary sphere. 18th century (c.1790) model of the celestial sphere, used by early astronomers to determine the position and motion of stars around the Earth. Developed by the Greeks, it was used as a teaching tool in the 3rd century BC by Ptolemy, to be resurrected by Copernicus in 1543 when he revived the idea of a heliocentric universe. It was an important symbol of the resurgence of science in Renaissance Europe.

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