Ptolemy’s Milky Way

15th Apr 2018

PtolemyLittle to me is more intoxicating than lying on my back on a moonless night in the Kalahari, gazing naked eye into the Milky Way – in this unadulterated dark sky it is a dazzling river of starlight arching across the sky, so brilliant the land seems to be showered with a dew of falling starlight. Claudius Ptolemy captured this intoxication of visual observing with his epigram with which his famous Almagest begins in some translations, “I know that I

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