Saturday, April 6, 2024

A Medieval Manuscript Page on Astronomy

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Astronomy, Solar System, History of Science

Ed Hessler

A lovely manuscript page  may be found in Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for March 30, 2024. It is "from lecture notes on astronomy compiled by the monk Magister Wolfgang de Styria before the year 1490." A work of art and masterful illustration.

It may be seen here.

An exhibition of Melk Abbey where Styria "was a student of the liberal arts" includes a reference to him. It may be found under the heading "Connections to the First Viennese School of Astronomy...." I learned  that this page was published "as an APOD" in 2009. 2009 was also the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

The exhibition entry includes photographs, including one of Melk Abbey.

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