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    Default Claudius Ptolemy



    Raymondhow's recent quiz on astronomical matters had a very interesting question. Can you name the present constellations represented in the ancient constellation Argo Navis?

    The answer is Puppis, Carina, and Vela. After the quiz I checked out Argo Navis via google and came across a link to Claudius Ptolemy and I found that he had organized it into a constellation back in the 2nd century. He had a very interesting life and certainly had a significant impact on astronomy for over 1500 years. Rather than summarizing all of that I thought I'd share the link:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy

    I found it most interesting.
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    Default Re: Claudius Ptolemy

    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Raymondhow's recent quiz on astronomical matters had a very interesting question. Can you name the present constellations represented in the ancient constellation Argo Navis?

    The answer is Puppis, Carina, and Vela. After the quiz I checked out Argo Navis via google and came across a link to Claudius Ptolemy and I found that he had organized it into a constellation back in the 2nd century. He had a very interesting life and certainly had a significant impact on astronomy for over 1500 years. Rather than summarizing all of that I thought I'd share the link:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemy

    I found it most interesting.
    He was a real classy guy. The kind of person you catch for a beer and your first question is "What branch of science have you invented today" lol
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    Default Re: Claudius Ptolemy

    Quote Originally Posted by MG1692 View Post
    He was a real classy guy. The kind of person you catch for a beer and your first question is "What branch of science have you invented today" lol
    One of the interesting facts is that he tried to reconcile astronomy with astrology, kind of reminds me of Isaac Newton's obsession with alchemy in his later years.
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    Default Re: Claudius Ptolemy

    Hi Michael. This was a great read, and I learned many new things about Ptolemy. Thanks for this great fascinating thread Michael, and the best of wishes for many clears skies.
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