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18th Century Observatory at Jaipur by Lobsan Payat

Samrat Yantra in Jaipur

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II ruled the state of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India from 1699 to 1743. In 1728 he founded the capital city of Jaipur about 200 km southwest of Delhi. As a scholar he read the works of Ptolemy, Euclid and Persian astronomers.

Wanting to improve the Indian calendar and the ability to precisely locate the Sun, for purposes of map making, he built five astronomical observatories in India, at Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi (or Banares), Ujjain and Mathura. The instruments at these observatories, based on Moslem design, perhaps copies of the large 15th century…

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Al-Farghani by Ali Argis

Al-Farghani (c. 860)

Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, born in Farghana, Transoxiana, was one of the most distinguished astronomers in the service of al-Mamun and his successors. He wrote "Elements of Astronomy" (Kitab fi al-Harakat al-Samawiya wa Jawami Ilm al-Nujum i.e. the book on celestial motion and thorough science of the stars), which was translated into Latin in the l2th century and exerted great influence upon European astronomy before Regiomontanus.

He accepted Ptolemy's theory and value of the precession, but thought that it affected not only the stars but also the planets. He determined the diameter of…

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El Nino by Andrei Kiriakov

El nino

Flooding rains and warm weather in Peru wipe out the anchovy harvest. Torrential downpours and mud slides besiege southern California while the Northeast United States has fewer hurricanes and a mild winter. Droughts strike Indonesia, Africa, and Australia, all within the period of the same few months. Could all these events possibly be related?

Absolutely. In fact, it can happen about once every four to seven years, with varying intensity. And it all can be attributed to the same event: the El Ni?o/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

El Ni?o (meaning "The Little One" in…

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The Great Sphinx of Giza - the Guardian of the Horizon by Jim Down

The Great Sphinx of Giza

Carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, the Sphinx is truly a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. The Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. The body of a lion with the head of a king or god, the sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom.

From the north side the profile of the Sphinx reveals the proportion of the body to the head. It would appear as though the head is small in proportion to the body. Because of the changing…

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