Now through Mon, December 28, 2020 5:30 P.M.
Tools are all around us, and we can use them to learn about and interact with the world around us. This is a live, hands-on online program.
During Medieval times, Muslim astronomers used the handheld astrolabe as a version of an early smartphone to plot and predict everything from horoscopes, to the timing of sunrise and sunset, to navigation using the night sky. Hear more about the global origins of this analog device while building and learning how to use an astrolabe of your very own. Register for this free, family-friendly class and receive instructions and a template to make the astrolabe using common household materials. Curator Dot Porter will finish the program with a show and tell of relevant manuscripts from Philadelphia collections. Pre-register for this free program via Eventbrite; you will receive a link to the Zoom session before it begins via email. This program is inspired by the Free Library of Philadelphia's Medieval Life exhibit, now on view online at freelibrary.org/medievallife
About our presenter:
Dr. Kristine Larsen is a professor in the Geological Sciences Department of Central Connecticut State University, with interests in the cultural and religious importance of the astrolabe, and the intersections between science and society -- including gender and the history of astronomy.