Secrets of the Astrolabe


Secrets of the Astrolabe

Date: Sunday June 2, 2019, 11:00 AM-04:00 PM
Price: $50, $45 Friends, $40 students and seniors

Learn the secrets of a 2,500-year-old technological tool from long-time amateur astronomer Pierre Paquette. The astrolabe, sometimes known as a “computer of the skies,” is one of the most eye-catching of the various instruments used by ancient astronomers – yet its use is shrouded in mystery. In this interactive workshop, discover how an astrolabe works, and make your own version to take home and use. For inspiration before or after the workshop, see the selection of astrolabes on display in the related exhibition The Moon: A Voyage Through Time.



Pierre Paquette is an amateur astronomer with over 30 years of experience. He is an Astronomy Ambassador with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Editor of Astronomie-Québec magazine, and an animator with National Geographic ObservÉtoiles, the first-ever open-sky augmented-reality planetarium in the world, located southeast of Montreal. Paquette discovered his passion for ancient astronomical instruments in 2014, and since then has been making his own astrolabes.


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