On the Historical Skies: Harmonies between Heaven and Earth
21-23 October 2022 at El Merosi, Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Images on this page are from the 3 day conference. There are images from the following 5 day excursion to Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. All images used with permission.
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Conference organizers, from left: Nick Campion, Frances Clynes, Karine Dilanian and Armida Nazaryan.
Nick Campion opening the conference and giving a welcome speech. Karine Dilanian translates to Russian.
Darrel Rutkin online from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Gregor (sitting at left) translating from English to Russian on the fly - quite impressing.
Ulla Koch from the University of Copenhagen on Jupiter and the Assyrian King. The talk was translated by Karine Dilanian on the fly.
Liana Saif from the University of Amsterdam on "The Pseudo-Aristotelian Hermetica's Astrological Cycles: Sources and Influences".
Aleksey Arapov online on Mihmat Bulatov and the reconstruction of how Ulugbek's observatory was constructed. On the drawing at the left can be seen the huge sextant inside the building. What remains today is only the submerged part of the sextant.
On the programme for Saturday afternoon was a visit to the Ulugbek Observatory in the outskirts of central Samarkand. Here's a photo of the group at the statue of Ulugbek.
The observatory is believed to have been built in the 1420s: a round building about 46 meters in diameter, 30 meters tall. It was demolished and almost forgotten until excavated in 1908.
The central part of the observatory is aligned to an axis north to south. The black part between the two end walls is the roundy roof protecting what's left of the large sextant. The low, circular wall indicates the extent of the original, round observatory building.
The southern end of the observatory. In the background to the left is the entrance to the observatory museum.
This photo shows what's left of the huge sextant. The size and accuracy of the sextant (quadrant) enabled Ulughbeg to calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis to 23.52 grader, very close to modern calculations.
Armida Nazaryan conducting a guided tour in the observatory museum - she was in fact a very competent and excellent tour guide.
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Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
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