History

May 15, 2019

These 400-Year-Old Rings Unfold to Reveal Astronomical Spheres

What if you could wear the entire universe on your finger? Since ancient times, astronomers around the world have used models of the sky to make calculations. With the advent of the armillary sphere, stargazers were given a physical model to better visualize the lines of celestial longitude and latitude. Created independently in ancient Greece and ancient China, these armillary spheres consisted of spherical rings centered on either the Earth or the Sun.

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April 1, 2019

World’s Most Famous Medieval Illuminated Manuscript Now Viewable Online

In the world of Medieval illuminated manuscripts, there’s one work that sits above the rest. The Book of Kells is not only the finest existing work of its kind, it’s also an Irish national treasure. Believed to have been created around 800 CE, the work is on permanent display at Trinity College Library in Dublin. But now you can see it in close detail without ever setting foot on Irish soil (or even leaving home).

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