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Artwork of the Beijing Observatory in 17th century

Artwork of the Beijing Observatory in 17th century

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Imperial Astronomical Observatory. Historical artwork of the Imperial Astronomical Observatory at Beijing (Peking), China, in the late 17th century. Astronomical equipment including large bronze spheres (lower frame), a quadrant (at upper left) and a sextant (at upper centre) are visible. The observatory, which is found on top of the City Wall, is now a museum. It was from here that sunspots were discovered and records of comets were kept from 2296 BC. Observations of solar and lunar eclipses were also made.

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