astrolabe :

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  • n  an early form of sextant

  • The astrolabe was an Arab invention, but the devices are inscribed in many different languages Arabic, Latin, Greek, Hebrew depending on the craftsman or intended owner.
  • Thus the astrolabe would eventually be reintroduced to the area via Islamic culture, which thrived during the early Middle Ages.
  • King George last week was able to inspect the coat in which Nelson died; the first chronometer; Sir Francis Drake's astrolabe; two logbooks belonging to Captain James Cook.
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    Explorers' Day at the Museum: Explore the Florida Historic Capitol Museum with Ponce de Leon from the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park or learn how to use an astrolabe, quadrant or cross-staff with a 16th century navigator.
    Oct. 11, 2013 - Tallahassee Democrat

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