Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
astrolabe, celestial plane, stereograph, projection
In this paper, we examine the mathematical methods employed in the construction of the astrolabe, an ancient measuring device used to solve problems in the ﬁeld of astronomy. Essentially, the astrolabe is a two dimensional representation of the heavens obtained by projecting the celestial sphere onto the plane. Though several diﬀerent types of astrolabes exist, our primary focus is on the most popular deisgn, which is created by the stereographic projection of the celestial sphere onto the plane deﬁned by the equator with the south pole as the projection point.
Urresta, Lyda P., "The History and Mathematics Behind the Construction of the Islamic Astrolabe" (2011). Honors Theses. 1081.