Peter Apian and ‘AZOPHI’: Arabic Constellations in Renaissance Astronomy

  title={Peter Apian and ‘AZOPHI’: Arabic Constellations in Renaissance Astronomy},
  author={P. Kunitzsch},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={117 - 124}
  • P. Kunitzsch
  • Published 1987
  • Art
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
Pictorial representations of the stellar sky are known, in various forms, from Antiquity. Most frequent among these was the celestial globe on which the constellations were depicted. Celestial globes were known in Ptolemy's time (around A.D. 150) and most probably even earlier, in the time of Hipparchus (around 130 B.C.) or before. In his Almagest (Book viii, chap. 3), Ptolemy gives exact rules for the construction of the celestial globe, and it is quite likely that he himself used a globe when… Expand

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