A Virtual Tour from London’s Science Museum

Above: Islamic planispheric astrolabe made by Jamal al-Din at Lahore in 1077 AH (= 1666 AD). Image credit: Science Museum GroupWith museums still closed all over the world, it’s been difficult to find a way to discover amazing things in the nooks and crannies of these venerable institutions. If that’s the sort of thing you hanker for, London’s Science Museum has you covered with a virtual tour of some of their most amazing exhibits and items. Here’s more from the Science Museum:

Under the Maps and Models section of this gallery, you can find the Astrolabe by Jamal al-Din ibn Muqim. 

Although small enough to be held in one hand, astrolabes depict the large sky above us. These amazing devices can be used for a variety of tasks including timekeeping and navigation. Jamal al-Din relied on his extensive knowledge of geometry and other mathematical techniques to make this intricate device.  

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