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Ottoman science – astronomy and clocks

By |2018-04-25T23:04:52-07:00September 11th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

Taqi al-Din in his observatory Ottoman scholars built many libraries in Istanbul and in other cities of the Ottoman Empire. They translated many earlier books into Turkish or Arabic, like the works of the Roman astronomer Ptolemy. Ottoman scholars also continued to make their own new investigations. The mathematician Ali Qushji, for instance, came [...]

Uranus – Planets – Astronomy – Space science

By |2018-05-31T11:49:18-07:00August 19th, 2017|Physics|

Uranus, the second to last planet out from the Sun Uranus is between Saturn and Neptune, so it's the next to the last planet away from our Sun. It takes Uranus 84 years to go around the Sun because it is so far away. Like the other planets going around our Sun, Uranus (YER-ann-uss) formed about 4.5 billion years [...]

Neptune – Planets – Astronomy – Physics

By |2018-05-31T11:49:18-07:00August 19th, 2017|Physics|

Neptune from space Neptune is the farthest planet from our Sun. Neptune is the only planet that is so far away that you can't see it without a telescope. Neptune (NEPP-toon) is an icy planet, about the same size as Uranus. Neptune's probably a lot like Uranus in other ways, too. Neptune has a rocky core [...]

What is parallax? History of astronomy

By |2018-04-23T14:09:48-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

Parallax and your finger Parallax comes from the Greek word "para", meaning "alternate" and "alla", meaning "change". Greek people used the word parallax to describe how an object seems to move when you look at it from two different places. The easiest way to see parallax in action is to hold out your left arm [...]