Armillary Sphere Illustration

Armillary Sphere Illustration

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Caption: Plate from 18th century encyclopedia showing an illustration of an armillary sphere (variations are known as spherical astrolabe, armilla, or armil). An armillary sphere is a model of objects in the sky (in the celestial sphere), consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centred on Earth, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features such as the ecliptic. As such, it differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the constellations.

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Keywords: armillary, astonomical, astrolabe, astronomy, celestial, constellations, earth, ecliptic, encyclopedia, globe, heavens, illustration, latitude, longitude, planets, rings, sky, sphere, stars

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