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Adamski, George

Robert S. Ellwood.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mysticism; Astronomy and Astrophysics; Education. 834 words.

Adamski, George (17 April 1891–23 April 1965), lecturer and writer on occult subjects and on UFOs during the 1950s' flying saucer enthusiasm, lecturer and writer on occult subjects and on...

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alidade

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

A simple sighting device for measuring altitudes. It consists of a bar pivoted so as to swing in a vertical plane and be aligned with a celestial object. The object's altitude can then be...

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Andrews, Henry (1744–1820), astronomer and astrologer

Patrick Curry.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mysticism; Astronomy and Astrophysics. 651 words.

Andrews, Henry (1744–1820), astronomer and astrologer, was born on 4 February 1744 in Frieston, Lincolnshire. His background was humble, and he received little or no formal education. A...

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Aries

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics — Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

(Ari) (Arietis) A constellation of the zodiac, representing a ram. The Sun lies in Aries for the last 10 days of April until mid-May. Its brightest star is Alpha Arietis (Hamal). Gamma...

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armillary sphere

Overview page. Subjects: History — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

An instrument used since ancient times to demonstrate and observe the movements of the heavens. It consists of a number of rings (armillaries) representing celestial great circles such as...

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Askham [Ascham], Anthony (c. 1517–1559), writer on astronomy and almanac maker

Bernard Capp.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mysticism; History of Science and Technology; Astronomy and Astrophysics; Alternative Belief Systems. 763 words.

Askham [Ascham], Anthony (c. 1517–1559), writer on astronomy and almanac maker, was born at Kirby Wiske, near Northallerton, Yorkshire, the third son of John Ascham (d. 1544) of Kirby...

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aspect

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics — Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

The position of a body in the Solar System relative to the Sun, as seen from Earth. The main aspects are conjunction, greatest elongation, opposition, and quadrature.

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astronaut

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics — Religion.

ˈæstrǝˌnôt

n. a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft.

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The background

in Galileo

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity; History of Science and Technology; Astronomy and Astrophysics. 4545 words.

‘The background’ gives an explanation of the prevailing scientific doctrine in the time of Galileo. Aristotelian philosophy was the basis of University education from the thirteenth...

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balloon

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Bǝˈlōōn

n.a large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, typically carrying a basket for passengers: a hot-air balloon.

when or before the ...

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