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Artwork of a realistic side of an astrolabe

1001 Inventions

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Long before mechanical clocks and watches were widespread, engineers and astronomers in the Muslim world built astrolabes that brought time and space together into a single gadget. Astrolabes weren't new - the scholar Theon of Alexandria described them in the 4th century. But with a need to make more accurate astronomical observations, more sophisticated astrolabes were developed in Muslim civilisation.

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  • Title: Artwork of a realistic side of an astrolabe
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