Eclipse wheel chart, 1540

Eclipse wheel chart, 1540

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Caption: Eclipse volvelle (wheel chart) from the 1540 book Astronomicum Caesareum, showing a total lunar eclipse as the moon crosses Earth's shadow (the umbra, black). Astronomicum Caesareum is an astronomical atlas that contains early examples of volvelles, in which nested circular pieces of paper rotated by revolving on grommets. It was made for the King Charles V by the German printer Petrus Apianus (1495-1552).

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