Latest Ptolemy Stories
Astronomers are used to looking millions of years into the past, and now scientists have used the Hubble Space Telescope to look thousands of years into the future.
Egyptian archaeologists announced Saturday they have unearthed the remains of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Egyptian cat goddess Bastet in the city of Alexandria.
Geocentric Model -- The geocentric model of the cosmos is a paradigm which places the Earth at the center of the universe. Common in ancient Greece, it was believed by both Aristotle and Ptolemy. Most Greeks assumed that the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets orbit Earth. Similar ideas were held in ancient China. The geocentric model was gradually replaced by the heliocentric model of Copernicus and Galileo due to the simplicity and predictive accuracy of that newer model. In this model, a...
Ptolemy Cluster -- Known to Ptolemy 130 AD. "M7 is a large and brilliant group, easily detected with the naked eye... the cluster is seen projected on a background of numerous faint and distant Milky Way stars." (Burnham). This splendid cluster was known to Ptolemy, who mentioned it about 130 AD, who described it as the "nebula following the sting of Scorpius". The description may also include M6, but this is uncertain. M7 was observed by Hodierna before 1654 who counted 30 stars,...
- An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
- A timorous, cowardly fellow.