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Saturday, February 23, 2013

What is an Armillary?

Brass Armillary Sundial
 An armillary sphere is a model of objects in the sky which consists of a spherical framwork of rings of rings. They are centered on the Earth.
Erastothenes (276- 194 BC) invented the armillary from the armilla or circle or bracelet. It's modern use in the garden as a focal point and centerpiece is common.
The flag of Portugal contains an outline of an armillary which was used as a navigational aide for Portugese sailors.
Who knew?!

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