Thursday 8 December 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Al Sufi

Al Sufi

One of the great arab astronomers, Al-Rahman or Al Sufi was born on December 8th 903 AD at Ravvy, Persia observed from Shiraz, Basra and Baghdad; he wrote a book in 964 called The Book of Fixed Stars with descriptions of the 48 constellations and also giving information on individual stars.

In addition to the stars he also mentions a little cloud, which is M31 the Andromeda Galaxy and refers to one of the Magellanic clouds under the name of the ‘white ox’.

Al Sufi died on May 25th 986. 

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