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Saphea, an astronomical instrument

ca. 1224

The universal astrolabe, which developed from the planispheric astrolabe, enabled the user’s position to be calculated using a single projection of the sky in any latitude. Perfected by Al-Zarkali, this instrument provided at least a partial solution to several contemporary problems in astronomical calculation.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

Title: Saphea, an astronomical instrument
Geography: Andalusia (?), Spain
Date: ca. 1224
Medium: brass
Classification: scientific instrument (measuring, calculating, monitor etc.)
Dimensions: D. 28.3 cm diameter
Inventory number: LAD 2019.001
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