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By James Evans

The heritage and perform of old Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on technological know-how to deliver readers into direct touch with the paintings of historical astronomers. whereas tracing principles from old Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the booklet areas its maximum emphasis at the Greek interval, while astronomers constructed the geometric and philosophical principles that experience decided the following personality of Western astronomy. the writer ways this background in the course of the concrete information of old astronomical perform. rigorously equipped and generously illustrated, the ebook can educate readers the best way to do actual astronomy utilizing the equipment of historic astronomers. for instance, readers will discover ways to expect the following retrograde movement of Jupiter utilizing both the arithmetical tools of the Babylonians or the geometric tools of Ptolemy. they are going to tips on how to use an astrolabe and the way to layout sundials utilizing Greek and Roman concepts. The ebook additionally comprises supplementary workouts and styles for making a few operating astronomical tools, together with an astrolabe and an equatorium. greater than a presentation of astronomical tools, the publication offers a severe examine the facts used to reconstruct historic astronomy. It contains broad excerpts from historical texts, meticulous documentation, and vigorous discussions of the position of astronomy within the a number of cultures. available to a large viewers, this e-book will entice an individual attracted to how our figuring out of our position within the universe has replaced and built, from precedent days in the course of the Renaissance.

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2. IO workout : USIN G CELESTIA L COORDINATE S 1. Th e eclipti c coordinate s o f Regulu s ar e approximatel y A , = Virgi n o° , P = o° . Expres s the longitud e of Regulus in measure s measured fro m th e vernal equinox. 2. Us e a n armillar y spher e o r celestia l glob e t o determin e th e equatoria l coordinates O C an d eight o f Regulus . three. Us e a celestial globe to figure out the ecliptic coordinates of the next stars: megastar ySag Betelgeuse ( a Ori ) 6 Menkalinan (( three Aur) 6 Caph (( three Cas) zero Phecda ( y UMa) 1 Hamal (( X Ari) 2 Equatorial coordinates + +4 +6 2 +5 +2 7 five zero four four the 1st 3 stars, which al l lie on th e solstitia l colure, should still b e effortless, for the reason that this colure , whic h i s thei r hou r circle , als o take place s t o b e perpendicula r t o the ecliptic. The las t 3 could be a little tough. On th e celestial globe, stretc h a string from th e sta r dow n t o th e eclipti c s o that strin g and eclipti c mee t a t correct angles . Th e plac e the place th e strin g minimize s th e eclipti c supply s the longitud e of the megastar, and th e size o f the string, expressed in levels, supplies the range . 2 . I I A TABL E O F O B L I Q U I T Y desk 2. three is a desk of obliquity, which offer s the declinatio n eight o f each measure of th e ecliptic . Fo r instance , th e verna l equinox , whic h i s the zerot h degre e of th e Ram , has declination o°oo' . five IO6 TH E HISTOR Y & PRACTIC E O F ANCIEN T ASTRONOM Y desk 2. three . Tabl e o f Obliquity Ram (Scales) zero° 1° 2° three° four° five° 6° 7° eight° nine° 10° eleven° 12° thirteen° 14° 15° sixteen° 17° 18° 19° 20° 21° 22° 23° 24° 25° 26° 27° 28° 29° 30° Decl. + (-) 0°00' 0°24' 0°48' 1°12' 1°35' 1°59' 2°23' 2°47' three° 10' 3°34' 3°58' 4°21' 4°45' 5°08' 5°31' 5°54' 6° 18' 6°41' 7°04' 7°26' 7°49' 8°12' 8°34' 8°56' nine° 19' 9°41' 10°02' 10°24' 10°46' 11°07' 11°28' Bull (Scorpion) 30° 29° 28° 27° 26° zero° 1° 2° 24° 23° 22° 21° 20° 19° 18° 17° 6° 7° eight° nine° 10° eleven° 12° thirteen° 14° 25° sixteen° 15° 14° thirteen° 12° eleven° 10° nine° eight° 7° 6° five° four° three° 2° 1° zero° (-) + (Fishes) Decl. Virgin three° four° five° 15° sixteen° 17° 18° 19° 20° 21° 22° 23° 24° 25° 26° 27° 28° 29° 30° Decl. + H 11°28' 11°49' 12°10' 12°31' 12°51' 13°11' 13°31' 13°51' 14° 10' 14°30' 14=49' 15°07' 15°26' 15°44' 16°02' 16°20' 16°37' 16°55' 11°11' 17°28' 17°44' 18°00' 18°16' 18°31' 18°46' 19°01' 19°15' 19°29' 19°43' 19°56' 20°09' (-) + Decl. Twins (Archer) 30° 29° 28° 27° 26° 25° 24° 23° 22° 21° 20° 19° 18° 17° sixteen° 15° 14° thirteen° 12° eleven° 10° nine° eight° 7° 6° five° four° three° 2° 1° zero° (WaterPourer) Lion zero° r 2° three° four° five° 6° 7° eight° nine° 10° eleven° 12° thirteen° 14° 15° sixteen° 17° 18° 19° 20° 21° 22° 23° 24° 25° 26° 27° 28° 29° 30° Decl. + H 20°09' 20°21' 20°33' 20°45' 20°57' 21°08' 21°18' 21°28' 21°38' 21°48' 21°57' 22°05' 22° thirteen' 22°21' 22°28' 22°35' 22°42' 22°48' 22°53' 22°59' 23°03' 23°08' 23° 12' 23° 15' 23°18' 23°20' 23°22' 23°24' 23°25' 23°26' 23°26' 30° 29° 28° 27° 26° 25° 24° 23° 22° 21° 20° 19° 18° 17° sixteen° (-) + Decl. (GoatHorn) Crab 15° 14° thirteen° 12° eleven° 10° nine° eight° 7° 6° five° four° three° 2° 1° zero° The identify s of th e souther n signal s ar e in parentheses .

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