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The Astrolabe: The Most Important Invention of the Age of Ex

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The Astrolabe: The Most Important Invention of the Age of Exploration
The Astrolabe: What is it?
It could work out several kinds of problems in spherical astronomy. It is similar to a compass, yet more advanced.
The Astrolabe: What is it Used For?
The astrolabe is able to locate and predict the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets. It can determine local time given local latitude and vice-versa. Furthermore, it was the only piece of technology that measured the angles the stars. Finally, it could be used for surveying and casting horoscopes.
Overview/Thesis
The astrolabe was the most important invention of the Age of Exploration, as seen through the facts that it could determine local time and latitude, measure the angles of stars, and locate the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and more components of astronomy.
An early astrolabe was invented in 150 B.C. They were used in the Islamic Golden Age, European Middle Ages and Renaissance, and of course the Age of Exploration.
"Let the Astrolabe be Your Guide"
Video
Credits to:
Gia Trzeska, Morgan Kennedy, Diana Blake, Heather Wun
Websites:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/astrolabe

http://www.ehow.com/info_8789654_impact-astrolabe.html

http://michel.lalos.free.fr/cadrans_solaires/autres_depts/rhone/astrolabe_st_jean/cs_69_astrolabe_st_jean_pg.html

http://www.wallsave.com/wallpaper/1920x1080/night-sky-mountains-stars-milky-way-starry-584039.html

video: from youtube by geodus com title: AstrolabeTW en short
full version by TED title: Tom Wujec demos the 13th-century astrolabe

https://sites.google.com/site/bahiasageofexploration/age-of-exploration-technology
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